I love it when people hostile to the current administration get onto every TV show and garner column inches in every newspaper to voice their complaints about censorship and suppression. Irony doesn't seem to be an operative word in their vocabulary. These same people are always remarkably quiet when the real deal happens. In this case, the real deal is Islamofacist militias in Iraq murdering two beloved entertainers:
FOR the crime of staging a children’s show, Faud Radi and Haidar Jawad were executed by the new moral guardians of Baghdad.
The actors were part of the Happy Family Team, a troupe adored by millions of Iraqi children from its frequent appearances on television. The theatrical group and a dozen others were planning an 11-day festival to help youngsters to forget momentarily the curfews, bombings and other dangers of daily life in this city.
Armed militias, which pass for the law in many neighbourhoods these days, had other ideas and set out to sabotage the event.
Safaa Eadi, 31, a founding member of the Happy Family Team, told how the group had been threatened by gunmen, who objected to them giving drama classes to children of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds. A handwritten note had been left on the windscreen of the group’s van, the usual method that the militias employ to warn a target.
“We didn’t take them seriously, so we carried on,” Mr Eadi said. “The next day the building was burnt down.” Then, on the eve of the festival, Mr Radi, 20, and Mr Jawad, 25, were returning to their homes in the Amirayah district of western Baghdad, the heartland of Sunni insurgents.
They were in the van, so they made an easily identifiable target. They had offered to drive a woman friend to hospital on their way. Their vehicle came under a barrage of gunfire on a main road. Mr Jawad and the woman passenger died instantly. Mr Radi was dragged from the van and beaten to death.
It's so frustrating that, rather than putting all our energies to fighting these heinous people, people committed to snuffing out goodness and light all over the world, we are engaged in furious battle at home with people who would deny both that this kind of evil exists and that it is threatening the free life we know and love.
Hat tip: Clear and Present
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