Ruth Malone is a seriously committed anti-smoker from the same lunatic Californian University which pays an aircraft engineer to spout his dinosaur prejudices. In fact, scratch that, she's an anti-nicotine fanatic who believes that using an e-cig outdoors is the same as carrying a loaded weapon in public.
Now, I jokingly said on Twitter on Monday that the tobacco control industry would be appalled that ISIS has drawn back their extremism a tiny tad by relaxing their totalitarian ban on smoking.
.@TobaccoTacticss gutted! IS abandon anti-tobacco extremism; plans for Iraq to follow Moscow as #COP7 venue in doubt http://t.co/5U0NPSRJ14
— Dick Puddlecote (@Dick_Puddlecote) September 22, 2014
Fast forward 24 hours and the joke became reality.
Oh, cripes. Are #cigarettes being played as torches of freedom against ISIs? http://t.co/sHEiFOwfTV
— Ruth Malone (@MaloneRuth) September 23, 2014
Forget beheadings of innocents, genocide of non-Muslim populations, female genital mutilation and a scant disregard for human rights - this woman is irritated that the extremists have allowed an incredibly oppressed community the tiny freedom of being able to smoke!
I thought it crass, ignorant and insulting that the WHO is holding its latest assault on scientific rigour and free choice in Putin's Moscow while the rest of the world is still discussing passenger planes being shot out of the sky and gays allegedly being deprived of rights, but it all makes sense now. It's a perfect choice of venue for a bunch of appalling mendacious narcissists who have long since discarded objectivity and common decency.
Yes, Ruth, in an environment where civilisation has broken down around you and life expectancy depends on how long you can avoid pissing off some unhinged religious fundamentalist carrying an AK47, a cigarette most definitely is a symbol of freedom. First world problems, much?
I don't call the hideous tobacco control movement a bunch of extremists for nothing, you know. Good fucking grief!