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Thursday, March 30, 2006
Kill 'em all
As we sip our coca-colas, slip into our bathtubs, try on new shoes, our society grows more barbarous by the minute. Under the radar of our coke-drinking, fresh-smelling, newly shod selves, we have approved the concept of killing a man for not divulging details of a plot. (If memory serves, we've already killed our first drunk driver criminal. I'm fuzzy on the concept, but wouldn't a life sentence have prevented that crime from happening again? And, if we are killing chronic drunk drivers, why not swim upriver to the source and kill chronic drinkers? ... after all most of them have cars.)
As Zacarias Moussaoui unravels and becomes a PROSECUTION WITNESS at his own trial; I am witness to an ugly turning point (technically a turning-back point considering this country's past love affair with lynching) that defines us all as killers of first resort.
Even the prosecutors admit that Moussaoui killed no one; even the prosecutors admit that he was not a 9/11 participant; even a blind person can see that Moussaoui WANTS to be a martyr. I don't respect his hatred for America; but I respect the fact that he is a living person. Governments should not grow comfortable with meting out death. They shouldn't.
Individuals can and do lose control. Horrific things are done in the name of passion and God. No individual has set up a tri-partite system of government with checks and balances in his soul. That's what we pay government for. To work in the province of our social relations. Government should be dispassionate.
When we are crying for vengeance and death and destruction, we are being human. The rallying cry for reason should always come from government. Vengeance belongs to the Lord, not the U.S. -- or any nation. If Moussaoui was involved; then try him and convict him and jail him. I fear the slope gets too slippery when government kills because of withheld information.
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