Sunday, December 14, 2008

An Eye For An Eye

I can't do it. I can't support eye gouging as punishment. What this man did was horrific, but to take his eyes is equally barbaric. The woman has every right to be angry and I understand her desire for consequences, but this is not justice, it is vengeance. He needs to be locked up, and possibly put into therapy. Although a society that supports this sort of action probably doesn't see the need for it. This is the same sort of thinking that results in women being stoned for adultery. If stoning is wrong, so is this. If we are silent to this, then why speak up about stoning?

1 comment:

The North Coast said...

I agree with you.

Barbaric punishments only raise the level of violence in a society. This has been shown many times. A look at the results of brutal, gory punishments meted out in Western countries in the past proves that they don't net a reduction in crime or violence, but only ramp it up. 18th Century England and France were rife with really brutal crime, to the point where you couldn't travel between cities without an armed entourage, and dare not leave your home unattended for a fortnight. Yet the drawing and quartering and pressing did nothing to abate the out-of-control crime.

This guy needs to be locked up forever, for he is a clear-cut danger to his society. Forget therapy- it doesn't seem to work on brutes like this. But the extremely barbaric punishment proposed needs to be ended.