Yes, you really shouldn't do this. ;-)
And anyway, we simply don't know enough about the human brain to know for
sure. McVeigh could suffer from a form of emotional autism. 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 - then at
least you can do something that might actually prevent such crimes from
happening. Palestinians and other Kamikaze gladly blow themselves up for a
higher purpose, and a death penalty doesn't really help against terrorism -
very little, in fact, does except doing something about the source of the
problem. But that wasn't the discussion.
So maybe not a mental hospital, but then at least a highly secure research
lab (which many mental hospitals are anyway).
> From: Tom Gray@MITEL on 06/12/2001 07:56 AM
> I know that I shouldn't do this but I really must object to he
> suggestion that
> an appropriate place for a mass murderer like McVeigh would be a
> mental hospital
> or as it is so appropriately called below 'insane asylum,'
> McVeigh was not mentally ill and so would not have benefited
> from treatment for
> mental illness. It is also unfortunate that mental illness is conflated in
> statements like that below with criminal activity. Mental illness
> is an illness
> like any other. Unfortunately in our society it has been
> conflated with moral
> weakness, failing an turpitude. it is not any of these. A mental
> illness is one
> of a set of dseases which afflict people like any other disease. A mental
> illness should be regarded as any other disease is.
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> Subject: The Waste Land