Maybe, but only up to a point.
After last week’s discovery of the bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel in the West bank, voices on the American Jewish right like Jonathan Tobin and Thane Rosenbaum attacked those who seemed to equate their murder with the killing of rock-throwing Palestinians by Israeli soldiers searching for the kidnapped Jewish teenagers. After the kidnapping and murder of 17-year-old Mohammed Khdair, such talk ceased.
On its face, the decision of the Army to prosecute Major Nidal Hasan for workplace violence seems peculiar. By all accounts, including his own, Hasan undertook his killing rampage at Ft. Hood as a mujaheddin fighting for his Islamic faith. Wasn’t this an act of terror, or maybe war?
According to news reports — especially those of the New York Times’ estimable David Kirkpatrick — the secular liberals in Egypt are brooking no opposition to the military overthrow of President Morsi as they embrace the very powers-that-be that, two short years ago, they considered the essence of oppression. Assuming that their memories are not short, it is important to try to understand their point of view.
A year ago, my wife and I were staying at the small hotel whose entrance you can see in this video of an armored police van pursuing protesters heading down a street near Taksim Square yesterday.