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July 10, 2006

Allegation: Al Qaeda Subjects Captured POWs To Loud Music & Red Ink "Menstrual Blood"

Oh, wait, no, that's the "torture" we subject Al Qaeda detainees to.

Al Qaeda is slightly more lax in upholding the Geneva Conventions.

There is plenty of warning (empty space) before the screencaps from the beheading/desecration video, but you are advised to think twice before scanning down and viewing them.

Andrew Sullivan, upon seeing this, wasted no time in accusing Ramesh Ponnuru of being "Stalinist."

Remember when they used to say that snuff films were an urban myth? Well, the Religion of Peace (TM) saw an opening in the market and promptly filled it.

By the way... just a random observation. Serial killers are often categorized as either "organized" or "disorganized" personalities. An organized personality would be, say, Ted Bundy. He's insane, but he's kind of on the ball, and, as far as serial psycho murderers go, he's "normal."

A disorganized personality is the crazy of the crazies. They're the kind of people who actually make Ted Bundy look sane, by, you know, playing with dead bodies and wearing intestines as sashes and boas and stuff.

Al Qaeda "Warriors" seem to fall into the latter category.

Great culture and religion you have here, Colonel. Would be a shame were something to happen to it.

(Note: Actually, I think the organized/disorganized thing has mainly to do with restraint, control, planning, etc. They're all crazy, but there is a method to the organized personality's madness, where the disorganized types just have a madness to their madness. But I think there's a lot of overlap of the disorganized type with the sort of person who wants to dance around wearing someone's head as a hat.)

Updated Dostoyevski: "A society can be judged by the way it treats its prisoners."

St. Andrew is fond of that quote.

Let's update it. "A society can be judged by the way it treats its psychopathic spree-killers, serial-killers, and mass-murderers."

To wit: Does a society hunt them down and imprison them and often put them to death?

Or does it venerate them as heroes and hang heroic posters of them?

Hang the killers, or hang their posters?

I think that's a more fundmental criterion for judging a society.

I wonder if St. Andrew of the Sacred Heart-Ache agrees.

Nah. He's too busy being "brave" and "independent" to consider the question.

Reference Explanation: In case you're curious why I write heartache as heart-ache, it's because I'm mimicking St. Andrew's manner of writing it. I don't know if it's a Briticism or just an affectation on his part. Either way, it annoys the living shit out of me.


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