Why should the guy who put them up to it be killed? Didn't these guys have free choice? Sure they did! At ANY TIME they could have said no. Even once they'd taken over the aircraft, they could have flown ANYWHERE. They had maximum fuel and a light load, and had they so wished, could have gone anywhere in the continent.
To argue that the person who gave the orders is responsible would be like saying that if someone e-mailed you a note telling you to play hopscotch on the Interstate, that they were guilty of murder should you go ahead & do it & get run over.
No, you can't pass the buck like that. Whoever gave the orders is responsible for the orders, but is NOT responsible for what happens thereafter. Otherwise, the country would be run by every nutcase who thought themselves Napoleon. After all, they're giving orders too!
To kill someone, simply because we disagree with the actions of their associates, is not to achieve justice. It is to achieve revenge. And an ironic revenge, at that. For those who stand accused would argue that their actions are in retaliation for our own.
We are retaliating over retaliation over some retaliation done as a product of retaliating for some Middle Eastern event nobody even gives a shit about any more.
My message to you, and to ALL who believe that violence is the answer, I say this: So did those who piloted the planes into the World Trade Towers. What makes YOUR revenge holier than theirs? When will people finally get sick of being on this mindless cycle of violence, kick the spokes in, and walk into some better alternative?
That doesn't mean ignore the acts. I've seen a lot of pathetic bullshit about how we've got to beat them up, 'cos they beat us up, and that the only alternative is to keep letting them beat us up.
Muhatma Ghandi didn't think so. From what little is known, Jesus Christ didn't think so. In fact, few serious philosophers, psychologists, military strategists, aid workers, 12-steppers, humanists, theologins or historians would agree with this "eye for an eye" mentality. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and we'll all be blind and toothless.
There ARE alternatives, which ensure our security AND which ensure that people are held accountable for their actions. Each of the aforementioned groups have promoted one or more such alternatives. If America isn't hearing any, then it's because America doesn't want to.
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