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Tuesday, June 03, 2008


Credit where credit isn't due

The headlines proclaim:
Israel frees Hezbollah spy
You have to read down to the fifth paragraph of the article before you get to this (emphasis added):
Israeli authorities released Nasim Nisr, an Israeli of Lebanese descent, after he completed a six-year sentence for espionage.
I know the U.S. has warped the world's mindset in recent years, holding up to 26,000 people in prisons around the world, many of them secret prisons including prison ships, and most of them without sentences, convictions, trials, or even charges, but honestly, isn't it supposed to be normal for someone to be released from prison after serving their sentence? Because Lebanon simultaneously handed over the remains of some dead Israeli soldiers, the press calls this a "prisoner swap," which is absurd since Nisr was no longer a prisoner.

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