No fancy defense was going to alter the verdict.
‘This is not peace, it is an armistice for 20 years.’ (Ferdinand Foch. After the Treaty of Versailles, 1919).
I'm not a big proponent of the death penalty. I think it's used too often, and also used to coerce confessions so death is "taken off the table." It's become almost routine that almost every premeditated murder, regardless of circumstance or number of victims (unless it's a spouse... that's kind of a "free pass" pet peeve of mine that will be saved for another thread.)
That said, I would not have blinked if Bales had been sentenced to death.
However, it's chilling that some think he should have been given death specifically so America would "look good" to other nations. WTF?? I'll add that I personally suspect if that had been the case and Bales had been given a death sentence, this thread (or others) would have been all about the uncivilized nature of America that supports the barbarism that is the death penalty. I've seen those threads over and over for the decade+ that I have been on the internet. I've no reason to think it would be any different in this case.
I think you're just looking for an excuse to shout bigotry.
The circumstances of the crimes, evidence against each man, and cooperation between them and the courts couldn't be more different All of this ignores life without parole and the death penalty are the exact same sentence these days but I suspect the sentences would/will end up being the same if the skin color and religion of those killed was switched.
Either way you want to look at it, you can hardly deny the fact that ignoring the feelings of the crime's actual victims just so we can "circle the wagons" around one of our own sends kind of a lousy message to the Afghan people.
It basically undermines everything we have spent the last decade working to achieve. It makes it seem like we value the life of one American scumbag more than the lives of dozens of the people our troops are supposedly trying to protect.
The real tragedy of the thing is that the undeserved "mercy" shown towards Bales in this instance will probably only wind up costing the lives of more Americans in the long run, as quite a few disgruntled Afghans will inevitably decide to take it upon themselves to enact the retribution for Bales' crimes that we explicitly failed to deliver.
I'm sorry, but, Robert Bales, being the human trash that he is, simply doesn't warrant the effort IMO.
Last edited by Gathomas88; 08-25-13 at 10:44 PM.
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