An assault on the federal judiciary is an abuse of the president’s constitutional authority. One way dictators take over democracies is by threatening the independence of a nation’s courts. Donald Trump is doing just this. Connect the following dots:1. In January, Trump blasted a federal judge for staying his travel ban. “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” he tweeted.
The Grey Lady’s newest columnist confirms he’s every bit as reactionary as his writings would suggest. Are you a New York Times subscriber whose appetite for white male columnists isn’t sated by the likes of Thomas Friedman and Nicholas Kristoff? Do Ross Douthat and David Brooks leave you hankering for another ‚principled‘ conservative voice? You’re in luck, as the newest addition to the paper’s op-ed page believes the threat of climate change is wildly overblown, the campus rape epidemic is a liberal fantasy and that black lives matter no more than any other, however ‚politically incorrect‘ the sentiment has become. Needless to say, he’s a white man.
Those who actually read further will learn that some of the victims were Shia and that „evacuees from government-held towns were killed, along with aid workers and rebel soldiers.“ (Since when are Ahrar’s marauding beheaders „soldiers“? Was this dude also a „soldier“?) The BBC story goes on to insinuates that the government did this because „rebels“ could and would not do such:It happened when a vehicle loaded with food arrived and started distributing crisps, attracting many children, before exploding, the BBC’s Middle East correspondent Lina Sinjab said.
She said it was not clear how the vehicle could have reached the area without government permission.
But there is also no evidence that rebels were involved in the attack, as the government claims.
It would not be in the rebels‘ interest, our correspondent says, as they were waiting for their own supporters to be evacuated from the other towns. …