Less than a couple of weeks after an American marine allegedly ran riot and slaughtered whole families of Afghan civilians, up popped the predictable bunch of lawyers and do-gooders.
The former, of course, seeing a chance of a bit of notoriety and a nice few bucks; the latter, who would excuse just about anything or anyone, except law-abiding citizens, all began to throw their expensive and misguided hats into the fray.
“He should never have been allowed to go on this tour,” cry the legal limpets, as their opening gambit of a no doubt exorbitant ‘insanity’ plea.
“He saw his friend’s legs shot off,” bleat the ‘blame everyone except the perpetrator’ brigade. Well, I don’t buy any of it. I believe insanity can be a reason, but never an excuse.
If this man indeed carried out these atrocities he should be put down. You wouldn’t excuse a mad dog and put it into a secure kennel, living off the state for the rest of its life while seeking to find a ‘cure’, would you? To my mind, in a murder charge ‘guilty by reason of insanity’ should mean this is a person too dangerous to be trusted in a normal society and should therefore be removed, permanently.
This does not mean, however, that I generally advocate the death penalty. In so-called ‘sane’ criminal acts I believe those found guilty of other serious crimes should be given terms of actual life with no possibility of parole.
If you look at it logically, this would in fact be a death sentence, anyway, merely one that takes a long time to conclude.
I also believe that those so sentenced should have the option at any time during their incarceration to have their lives terminated by the state in a manner decreed by the current law of the land.
As for this marine, who has possibly set back the war effort in Afghanistan to almost its outset and has consequently meant that thousands of lives have been virtually wasted, should, of course, be tried in Afghanistan.
If an Afghan person had committed a similar crime in America can you for one minute imagine the Americans sending them back to their own country for trial?
Give us a break! If ever there was a case of justice being done and seen to be done, this is it,I’ll tell you.
If he is found guilty and, due to some whiz-kid lawyer, declared insane and therefore not responsible for his actions, the war in Afghanistan will NEVER be over and, frankly, who could blame them?
Keep the faith