They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Friday, March 28, 2014

Egypt: BBC uncovers systematic torture. No surprise!

The silence of western leaders regarding Egyptian abuse of Islamists - whilst foaming at the mouth regarding Ukraine  - is further evidence of their dubious morality. Let's not forget, the last time Egypt cracked down on Islamists in this way they tortured and executed  Sayyid Qutb - author of Milestones, and a revered influence of Dr Ayman Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri - leader of Al Qaeda, and others.  Obama may wish to raise this with the sponsors of al-Sisi - Saudi Arabia - on his current visit to that nation.  But lets not hold our breath.
Blowback there will be. But what we call 'terrorism' is easier for al-Sisi  to deal with than political Islam.  Same in Saudi Arabia. It's political Islam they fear - not car bombers.

[...] A 15-year-old boy told the BBC how he was accused of belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been the target of the new government's crackdown.
He says he was electrocuted repeatedly.
"When they electrocuted me I used to fall down on the ground, and I could not stand up. At the same time they were beating me," he said.
"And sometimes they would throw water to increase the voltage."
Democracy activist Yassin Mohammed was arrested at a protest in January and held for 42 days.
The 19-year-old says he was tortured and electrocuted, and is speaking out on behalf of others who have had the same treatment.
"They took off my trousers, and then they put the wires on me. I was screaming and shouting. You feel that's it. You are going to die," he said. Link
Sayyid Qutb - imprisoned and tortured by Egypt. Executed in 1966 aged 59