While we focus on the beheadings in the fight with ISIS in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia has beheaded 57 criminals this year, according to Agence France-Presse. The most recent beheading was for the crime of drug smuggling.
Is there a double-standard in our dealings with the different countries of the Middle East? Does it have a relationship to oil and economics?
Is the answer in the Middle East to kill as many people as possible…or is it more subtle and nuanced, with “grey areas?”
“Bill O’Reilly stated definitively, multiple times tonight, that he believes the United States and the world are in a ‘holy war’ against ISIS and the White House needs to accept that fact. He said, ‘This is now a so-called holy war between radical jihadists and everyone else, including peaceful Muslims,'” according to Mediaite.
“O’Reilly again faulted President Obama for a lack of leadership in taking on the terror threat.
“But O’Reilly was also shocked by the ‘frightening… nonsense’ from State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf on how the U.S. can’t kill its way out of war with ISIS.”
However, more insults to police probably will not help the national situation.
According to a federal appeals court on Thursday, a police officer can’t pull you over and arrest you just because you gave him the finger.
In a 14-page opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that the “ancient gesture of insult is not the basis for a reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation or impending criminal activity.”
According to the Huffington Post, John Swartz and his wife Judy Mayton-Swartz had sued two police officers who arrested Swartz in May 2006 after he flipped off an officer who was using a radar device at an intersection in St. Johnsville, N.Y.
Swartz was later charged with a violation of New York’s disorderly conduct statute, but the charges were dismissed on speedy trial grounds.