Thursday, September 21, 2006

Sticks and Stones may break my bones...

On . . . June 29, 2006, a court in the Islamic Republic of Iran sentenced Malak Ghorbany, a 34-year-old mother of two, to a brutal death by stoning after finding her guilty of adultery. . . . Two men who were found guilty of murder in the same court were only given jail sentences of six years. . . . The size of the stones used during the execution are required to be . . . not so large that they would kill a woman too quickly, nor so small that they would fail to cause serious injury or pain .

— A letter, unanswered, to George W. Bush from John Whitehead, head of the Rutherford Institute, one of the nation's premier civil liberties organizations. The part about the stones is from Article 104 of the Iranian penal code.

Read the rest here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And Jimmy Carter thought the old Shah abused human rights! Seems like the choice in the Middle East is usually between a regime like the Shah's, the Assad Families, the Saud clan, and Sadam Hussien (types the typically "thump" political/economic opponents, allowing the average, non-political person to live and let live), OR a generally repressive Isamic Fundamentalist regime (with Sharia). Due to matter of delayed development, Western Liberal demoncracy is no more an reliatic option that it would have been in the West during medieval, fuedal times.

Why does the US constantly go for the impossible, therby enabling the relatively worse side of the realistic options?