‘This is not peace, it is an armistice for 20 years.’ (Ferdinand Foch. After the Treaty of Versailles, 1919).
I love the NSA. It's like having a secret fan-base you will never see, but they're there, watching everything you write and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing that I may be some person's only form of unconstitutional entertainment one night.
Definitely, the death penalty is wrong, even for a horrible crime like this. But I'm glad that this man was brought to justice. A military uniform is not a license to murder. Too many people believe that it is.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
Would you say it was wrong to hang Saddam Hussein?
What about Bin Laden, for that matter?
I have absolutely no problem with paying evil unto evil.
I also do not necessarily see life in a cage as being any more humane than a quick death.
Perhaps. However, I would still argue that a strong case can be made in favor of the death penalty here.The issue here has nothing to do with symbolism or diplomacy or PR, but with justice and there are many people who feel that the death penalty has no part to play in it.
What good does it do anyone to save one worthless psychopathic excuse for a human being if it might possibly winding up costing the lives of dozens of other people who are not guilty of any crime whatsoever in the long run? What good does it do if it only really serves to help destabilize a nation with a population of millions?
Lofty ideals are well and good, but they must ultimately take a back seat to simple pragmatism. Bales' actions were heinous, and he really should have been made an example of.
Personally, I almost think it would have been better if we had simply turned him over to Afghans.
Last edited by Gathomas88; 08-24-13 at 04:07 PM.
"Men did not love Rome because she was great. She was great because they had loved her." -- G.K. Chesterton