About 800 Australian policemen and women descended upon dozens of homes throughout the Sydney area in search of terrorists. Police had received reports that a terror group was preparing to seize innocent people, take them to a secure hideout, and then behead them on YouTube so the world could see what happens to those who defy ISIS and its Sharia dominated world. Many residents report hearing the sounds of police cars, shouts and warnings. Well, the Great Raid is over, 15 people have been arrested. Reporters noticed that 22 year old Omarjan Azari was sitting on a bench close to tears and mumbling his confusion as to how and why he was in the police station. He certainly did not resemble in any shape or form a man who could behead anyone. But, this trembling, crying young man is allegedly a potential murderer of the innocent.
Oh, nine people already have been released. Two or three were charged with possessing guns. Of course in America, that would be legal. Two women were told to report to for a court date. So much for the Great Australian Police Raid. Hysteria now reigns all over the world. Score another ISIS triumph of fear.
I confess my confusion an ambiguity concerning the death penalty. It has never been clear in my mind as to whether or not society should kill a person. Lisa Coleman was put to death, naturally in the great state of Texas which, not only leads America in killing people, but leads the world. She was a horrible person who tortured and starved a nine year old boy. There simply are no redeeming aspects of her life. She was a brutal person who murdered an innocent child. My guts make me hate this creature. I seek revenge on her for the brutality, the murderous rage within her soul. I want to punish this creature. These are my feelings, these are my emotions. Kill the bitch!
On the other hand, my mind understands that killing a killer will not halt killing. My mind knows that violence begets violence. My mind knows there have been all too many examples of people being sent to their deaths based upon mistaken evidence. My mind knows that most civilized societies have ended the death sentence. Heck, our Supreme Court in the seventies declared the death sentence to be unconstitutional. I fear the use of a death sentence simply plays into the hands of NRA adherents who seek death to those who are “evil.” We kill, and NRA followers feel joy.
I have two opposing feelings. But, in the end, it is time to end killing.
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