Posted on | September 30, 2011 | 78 Comments
… that if he voted for John McCain, Americans would be executed without trial — and they were right!
Big Gator notes that Anwar Al-Awlaki has the right to remain silent.
Da Tech Guy wonders if Glenn Greenwald and David Dayen would extend their human-rights concerns to certain other . . . uh, critics of U.S. foreign policy. (Should I be insulted by the analogy?)
Meanwhile, human rights advocates must condemn that bloodthirsty neocon warmonger
Dick Cheney Andrew Sullivan.
UPDATE: Donald Douglas calls attention to another typical reaction from British international relations expert Stephanie Carvin:
I’m no fan of Awlaki and I will certainly not mourn his passing, (really – he seems like a total jerk) but this raises serious questions about the targeted killing program, who is being targeted and why. Presumably, in the case of targeted killing, its important there is evidence BEFORE the killing, rather than a scrabble now to piece together a case, after the fact.
I hope there is evidence that he actually materially supported terrorism.
“I hope there is evidence”? Under what rock have you been hiding, lady? But what stuns me is Professor Carvin’s evident need to stipulate that she is “no fan of Awlaki” — which is, I’m sure, a welcome reassurance to Scotland Yard and the Home Secretary — before she proceeds to “serious questions about the targeted killing program.” It’s one of those noticeable tics of liberalism, the telltale flinch of a confused and guilt-ridden mind, and as such almost impossible to parody:
I’m no fan of Martin Bormann and I will certainly not mourn his passing . . .
I’m no fan of James Earl Ray and I will certainly not mourn his passing . . .
I’m no fan of the Green River Killer and I will certainly not mourn his passing . . .
Where do they find these people? Are the parents of students at the University of London aware that their children are under the tutelage of this bewildered idiot?
UPDATE II: The passing of one of Al-Awlaki’s comrades tempts John Hitchcock to satire:
Editor Of Popular Internet Magazine Dead At 25
Samir Kahn, 25, was born in Saudi Arabia but grew up in New York. He later returned to the Middle East and began publishing the popular e-zine “Inspire” in an effort to educate English-speaking youth in world politics by speaking in their own vernacular. . . .