The Totalitarian Temptation

by Kevin D. Williamson

So, Hamas is contemplating a new, lashing-intensive legal code:

The law stipulates a minimum of 20 lashes for a minor offense, with the number of lashes increasing with the seriousness of the offense. A minimum of 80 lashes is to be imposed in criminal cases. The law also widens the use of the death penalty as per Sharia. Articles No 289, and 290 of the proposed law stipulate the cutting off of the hand of a thief and a minimum of seven years in jail in case the criminal repeats his crime.

The PFLP said that a new punitive law should be purely civil in nature and based on rules and regulations that are compatible with modern life.

Meanwhile, in a completely unrelated story, Adam Weinstein at Gawker is calling for the arrest of those who hold minority opinions on global warming.

And they complain when Jonah calls a book Liberal Fascism.