>Like it or not, there’s a great big parallel between a Marine being convicted of murder on Thursday for executing an alleged terrorist and the border patrol agents who were reported to have shot Mexicans near the U.S. border last year.
Each of them demonstrated taking their jobs too far and justice into their own hands, a lack of faith in the U.S. Justice Department which led to an outlandish display of uncivilized barbarianism.
It makes me wonder if we’re ever going to get it in this country. Like it or not, there’s a responsibility to “be the bigger person” that comes with being the most powerful and influential nation in the world. I’m not advocating terrorism whatsoever or aliens sneaking across our borders – I’m just saying we can’t be countering their illegal behavior with some of our own. Isn’t this one of the first thing people learn as children in this country? I know it was for me.
But some say it’s a slip-up – these men were just doing their jobs and we ought to cut them some slack. I say that’s bullshit. Doing so would just open the door for other barely-high-school-graduates-with-big-guns to take the law of man – not just the way of thinking here in the USA, but of mankind (globally) – into their own hands. I think we got a certain foreign leader executed for that recently, the guy who used to run Iraq until we liberated it from him. Remember what a savage he was? He looked like one of those shirtless Native Americans to us. But somehow certain people have the nerve to try to justify our servicemen doing the same kind of thing? I call that a double standard – and so does the rest of the world. Thoughts like this are what lead to radical extremist conducting acts of terrorism, the same shit we’ve spent 19 billion dollars trying to stop while an energy shortage looms in the not-so-distant future.
Could it be that maybe – just maybe – trying to end terrorism with our big wallet and an iron fist isn’t the way to go about it? Is it feasible to think exercising a little bit of consideration, understanding, and humility toward peoples other than us would go a long way? I mean, an eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind, remember. Oh that’s right – “these people are evil” and aren’t worth talking to, according to President Bush. Britain’s new Prime Minister agrees, plus it sounds really good.
So we just listen and follow like his little puppets …
But would you really follow him on foot for 240 miles to watch him boil seawater and create salt? Eh, who needs the lessons of Gandhi anyway – we’ve got McDonalds here.