>Von: Ken Armstrong <[log in to unmask]>
>An: [log in to unmask]
>Betreff: OT: RE: The Waste Land
>Datum: Die, 12. Jun 2001 18:03 Uhr
>At 04:36 PM 06/12/2001 +0200, you wrote:
>> Heck, there are
>>still people investigating DNA for crime related gene configurations, let
>>alone that we can rule out a mental illness.
>>He should have been kept alive, if only even for research purposes -
>>So maybe not a mental hospital, but then at least a highly secure research
>>lab (which many mental hospitals are anyway).
> Heck, maybe they'll isolate the believers-in-behaviorism(s) gene.
Allow me to take objection to your somewhat cynical and flip remark.
Today, Mr. Bush has arrived in Spain, facing difficult meetings with
European leaders. He will certainly encounter much antagonism for his
intentions to continue the absurdly expensive (and useless) StarWars program
and for not honoring the Kyoto treaties.
The strange thing about the former seems to me the fact that the real threat
to US society stems from within the country, as shown by McVeigh. Remember
all the wild speculations the day after his helotic deed on who might have
done it -- Ghadaffi or some other Arab terrorist group? The shock within
society after the disclosure of the truth was enormous: an American!
However, there was nothing to be gained by disposing of him -- on the
Aside from the moral axiom that human life is sacrosanct, even the one of
the worst criminal, the legally sanctioned killing by the State will merely
heighten the possibility of him becoming a mythical figure for other creeps.
His appalling misuse of "Invictus" was a sad first step in that direction...
In spite of my inability to emulate your admirable verbal dexterity, I hope
you got my point.
Kate, I share your opinion on capital punishment. Like me, feel free to
write a little rubbish now and then!