Thursday, June 05, 2008

Terrorists Executed in Egypt (1993)

Terrorists Executed in Egypt (1993) Dry Bones cartoon.
While rummaging around in my database of old Dry Bones cartoons I came across this one from 15 years ago this month. This Golden Oldie was published on June 20, 1993.

When Israel expelled terrorists, the media went wild. When Egypt started hanging them it wasn't something to get upset about. Here's the news as reported (with understanding of the Egyptian position) in the NY Times six days earlier:

Egypt Executes a Terrorist In Drive on Fundamentalists
Published: June 14, 1993
"In a sharpening of the conflict between the Government and the Islamic movement, Egypt announced today the first of what it said would be many executions of militants convicted of terrorism.

The execution was the first of a member of the Islamic movement since five were put to death in 1982 for the killing of President Anwar el-Sadat.

Despite repeated confrontations since then, the Government of President Hosni Mubarak had appeared to go out of its way to avoid carrying out death sentences against Muslim militants who seek to take power here.

Twenty-two Islamic militants have been condemned to death in the last six months, and more such sentences are widely expected. Egyptian officials said the execution today reflected a decision to carry out "all death sentences" against those convicted by military courts. 'Dialogue' Effort Abandoned

Mr. Mubarak moved cases of accused fundamentalist terrorists from civilian courts to military courts under an emergency law that allows few appeals. The move came earlier this year after the Government abandoned a faltering attempt to have a "dialogue" with some militants.

Government-owned newspapers said the hanging in Alexandria today of Sherif Hassan Ahmad Mohammed, who had killed a police officer, was the first of many executions to be carried out "in the next few hours and days."

These days the anti-Zionist, anti-Israeli bias of the media is so accepted that it doesn't rate a cartoon alert.

For more info on how the media (mis)treats us and to find out what you can do about it, check out our friends at CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting.

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