8 ~ Justice

John Allen Muhammad will be executed tomorrow.  Some call it justice.  Some call it closure.  Some call it senseless murder.

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If the name does not ring a bell, perhaps the case of the Beltway sniper attacks might ring a bell.  Two men –one of them, a minor– went on a killing and wounding spree over a three-week period in October of 2002.  They randomly shot, wounded, and killed people going about their day.

It was a horrible nightmare for many around the DC Metro area.  In some ways it still is, because they have to live with the constant reminder of losing their loved ones to a senseless and brutal action by a couple of unstable men.

But then there is the whole bit about whether "An eye for an eye" living makes sense, and whether killing a man who is mentally ill and a veteran with untreated issues is really the kind of example we want to set in society.

Justice is blind for a reason, I suppose.

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No one likes justice, even if everyone clamors for it. 

Justice is messy and it's no one's friend, even as people are willing to die for it.  Nothing is ever cut and dried: answers never satisfy the thirst inside, and things are always far more complicated than they seem.  And when the poison goes into Muhammad's veins and it's a few minutes after nine p.m. tomorrow and he's dead, no one can know for sure what will be felt by anyone else, whether they were directly affected by the murders or not.

But one dead asshole is not going to bring anyone else back.  They will all still be dead.

This entry was published on November 9, 2009 at 9:35 pm and is filed under DC Dukkha, NaBloPoMo. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

3 thoughts on “8 ~ Justice

  1. “Justice is messy and it’s no one’s friend”
    So true.

  2. I moved to DC in 2002. I can remember running into Target and waiting until the last moment to get gas and watching out for “white vans” (a vehicle originally associated with the sniper). It was a very scary time.

  3. I seem to take the stands that people don’t like taking. In this case, I firmly believe that corporeal punishment does fit the crime.
    It’s not “an eye for an eye” but a realistic, sensible way of dealing with a person who does not, will not, and can not ever believe that lives are valuable and not to be taken.
    As for the families who were personally affected, no this doesn’t bring back their loved ones nor will it make them feel better. Only time eases that pain.
    However, all society can be relieved that this particular menace will never take another person’s life and leave another family dealing with grief. That’s Justice.

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