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Opening Arguments

Payback time

Ready for one of those "Thank God I live in this country" moments?

A court in Egypt has sentenced 528 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to death.

They were convicted of charges including murdering a policeman and attacks on people and property.

The group is among some 1,200 Muslim Brotherhood supporters on trial, including senior members.

Authorities have cracked down harshly on Islamists since Mr Morsi was removed by the military in July. Hundreds have been killed and thousands arrested.

Good Lord, more than 500, in one fell swoop. Just for comparison's sake, I looked up the number of executions in the United States by year. You'd have to add up the last eight years to top that number -- we've executed 512 total in the last seven years.

Of course, if the death penalty is supposed to be a deterrent, this one is probably pretty effective. It sends the message, "You were in a brutal regime, and now we're the brutal regime, so how do you like them apples?"