Self, I said the other day, upon viewing this story about the executions in Iran - Self, I said, you know damn well that there are conservatives out there who're proper Law'n'Order types, the sort who wet themselves with excitement on hearing of the latest capital punishment case in the United States, 'cause some foul criminal will MEET JUSTICE yeee-hah, however will denounce these executions as further proof of the hatefulness of the Iranian government and evil of the Iranian society, 'cause they have to be faithful to the Party.
Well, I go looking for evidence to confirm my suspicions, and mirable ditcu it's not hard to find:
Commenter at Lucianne.com:
Reply 13 - Posted by: Gallo3, 7/27/2008 11:51:06 AM
Animals, despicable savages, not human beings. Talking about the farging mullahs and their little bunch of roving punishment detachments. Wipe 'em out, now. Niceties be damned.
"DaveH" at Synthstuff merely has problems with the details:
I'm all for the death penalty where murder is involved and an airtight conviction for serious drug dealing wouldn't raise my hackles either but killing someone for being a public nuisance?
Freepers on a similar set of public executions last year:
Well...it seems this type of public horrendous execution is to strike fear into the population and keep them subserviant.
Recall, the Romans fed Christians and prisoners of war to the Lions in the Colliseum.
I believe these types of crazy inhuman laws are what kept Saddam in place and the Iranian people docile.
Barbarians all, i say stone the whole freakin country from 20,000 feet from a Staelth bomber.
Another example of love and care brought to you by Islam, the religion of perpetual anger and intolerance.
(and I believe the irony in that comment should be obvious)
From "The Bloodthirsty Liberal":
Ever the optimist, I take away from this grisly story the happy news that Iran can be trusted to keep its word—they said they would execute 30, they hanged 29: close enough for shari’a government work. When they say they have 6,000 centrifuges whirling away in basements and warehouses scattered around the country—and that all are meant for peaceful, civilian atomic power—well, hasn’t Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shown himself to be a man of honor and integrity?
Well, that's a perfectly reasonab- [head shake] WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
And finally from "Nikki", who also draws - er - dubious conclusions from the news story:
I am sure they all received fair trials with attorneys provided to them if they could not afford one. Let's hop on a plane and have lunch with the Ahmadinajadofreakazoid, he sounds like a fair-minded individual who will be honest and trustworthy if just wooed ever so slightly by one amazing individual. Terrorists after all are just frustrated individuals according to one particular Senator.
See? She assumes they don't offer public defenders in Iran, so I guess we should here 'cause we're better than they are. Or something. Unless it lets criminals run free, therefore we shouldn't. Or something.
That last one is particularly fun, because she precedes her account of vicious capital punishment in Iran by a post in which - I'm serious - she argues that Bush and Batman are similar in their vigilanteeism in the interest of public safety:
In the movie the people start ragging on Batman as a menace rather than a hero. They complain about how he protects them and even begin to vilify him. The Joker challenges Batman with regards to the "rules" of engagement that he follows vs. how criminals and terrorists have NO rules, therefore they win. The conflict arises on how to restore order to a chaos and crime ridden city.
Slight difference of course in the fact that the Joker and Batman are, you know, fictional characters in a made-up story from a frickin' COMIC BOOK. But hey! Aren't vigilantes JUST SO COOL?
And thus we come full circle.
Grandpappy told my pappy, back in my day, son
A man had to answer for the wicked that he done
Take all the rope in texas
Find a tall oak tree, round up all of them bad boys
Hang them high in the street for all the people to see
We got too many gangsters doing dirty deeds
Weve got too much corruption, too much crime in the streets
Its time the long arm of the law put a few more in the ground
Send em all to their maker and hell settle em down