"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
Yes. Eye for an Eye literally in this case. I think its a great thing. Maybe if more countries would take a harder stance on criminals we would not have so many criminals.
I honestly don't know.
On the one hand, what he did to her is heinous. The way women are treated in so much of the Mid East is appalling, and this is just one small example. I am surprised the court even ruled the way it did, against a man who harmed a woman, and in a sense I'm gratified they did so. My understanding is that Iranian women rarely get anything like justice from Iranian courts.
My knee jerk reaction is to say Yeah, he deserves it, except it needs to be a full bucket of acid just like he did to the woman. It might send a message to other men in the region that they can't get away with stuff like this towards women, as is all too often the case.
OTOH, as Viktyr points out, this doesn't heal anyone or compensate them for anything. All it does is make another person dependent on whatever charity might be available, whether it is gov't or private or family charity. It might be better to make him work the rest of his life and pay her everything he makes except a tiny amount that's just enough to keep him alive. She, however, seems to prefer the acid punishment.
Tashah makes a good point, that supporting this just reinforces the other barbaric punishments Iran often metes out to far less deserving victims... even to innocents, like the poor woman who killed a man in defense against rape, and was supposed to be beheaded (a year ago?). What if it were some place other than Iran? Some place not known for the horrific miscarriages of justice that Iran is known for. Would that make a difference?
He needs to be punished, severely... what he did was as appalling as it gets. It is difficult to decide what would really be appropriate, adequate, and reasonable.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
yes. an eye for an eye biyotch!!!
- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
The justice system should not be about revenge. There may be some hope of reform for this chap or a small (extremely unlikely) chance that he is innocent. If he can be reformed or is innocent, then what?
Before you criticize someone you should walk a mile in their shoes, that way when you do criticize them you'll be a mile away and you'll have their shoes.