Tuesday, December 26, 2006

A Moral Question...

Is it ok for me to be gleeful that the Iraqi appeals court has ruled that Saddam Hussein must be executed within 30 days? Am I immoral for the pleasure I take in the fact that he will be hanged (instead of executed via firing squad as was his wish...as if he had a right to request his mode of demise!). Is it shameful that I join the Cubans of Miami in rejoicing that Fidel Castro's days are numbered? Is my wish that Osama Bin Laden be captured and made to die a slow, painful death evidence that my heart is wicked?

Where do you draw the line?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

With the "eye for an eye" passage as your guide, then yes we should all be pleased that these evil people will be dead soon... I only hope we see Osama bin Laden captured and obliterated. However, because we are taught that life is precious we have those feelings of guilt for feeling celebratory at their demise. But I'd rather them not be a part of any planet that I'm on.

Mr. Mack said...

Immoral? Hardly. I can't make a judgement here, though, because I believe there is value in all life, and I oppose the death penalty. I never hated Fidel, he wears his shortcomings on his sleeve, but just watch, our children are already being taught to fear and then hate Chavez. We have no right to rejoice in this monster's death, (Saddam)since nothing he did really ever affected us. There are thousands of Iraqi families that I am sure feel diffently. Sorry for the rant, but I was sincerely trying to answer your question, and then promptly confused even myself....sigh.

Anonymous said...

"Just some Shortcomings", in all these Monsters, I suppose! Yeah, it sounds like not one of them would hurt a Flea, especially one of us AMERICANS, now would they? Oh yes, we had better teach our children to LOVE them while at the same time, they teach THEIRS to KILL ALL Americans! Yeah, we'd better just overlook everything, since none of it really affects any of US, does it?!!! So why be confused? Sounds all "COOL" to ME!!!

Mr. Mack said...

Well, yes, anonymouse, that would be the Christian approach. Don't hate, don't fear, but don't ignore. American presidents have been responsible for many deaths too, and much suffering of innocents. Read a little history. So, yes, I teach my children that power corrupts, and that men and women do horrible things in the name of patriotism, and to call out when they see it. I don't instill fear in them, (as best I can avoid it) but instruct them that knowledge is the best defense. I have no use for hatred, though, it's destructive, espescially for the person who harbors it. The accident of birth that makes us citizens of this country does not mean we are better than everyone else. In fact, it means that we have a huge responsibility to insure that our freedoms and rights are protected from those that seek to take them away, even when it's other Americans.

"Mouse" said...

"Quote Of The Day"

I call on you not to hate, because hate does not leave space for a person to be fair and it makes you blind and closes all doors of thinking."

SADDAM HUSSEIN

(A "Mr. Nice Guy" who taught HIS children well)!

moderator said...

As long as you would feel the same satisfaction when Bush the Younger is ready to pay the piper, feel whatever you like about those others. Of course, if you call yourself a christian ...