Tom Ramcigam (magicmarmot) wrote,
Tom Ramcigam
magicmarmot

Usually when someone is killed, I'm not happy, I'm sad. I think of the wasted life, what could have been accomplished, or even if the person isn't a socially desirable person (like Jeffrey Dahmer), I still find it abhorrent to take someone's life as "punishment" or a sense of vindication or vengeance. I think it goes nowhere, and can lead to a vicious cycle of events (see Israel/Palestine).

That being said, the dropping of two 500-lb TNT equivalent bombs on the head of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi doesn't make me feel sad. And finding out that the blast didn't kill him right away, but that he was conscious enough to recognize that he was being taken away by US troops and tried to escape gives me this "good, you bastard" feeling.

It's like he killed Kenny.

Everything that I hear leads me to believe that he was incredibly brutal and vicious, possibly psychotic. Someone who killed without remorse for his own ends. Pretty much what I'd consider in the "evil" category if I actually believed in good and evil.

That I don't know anything about him other than what I hear through the news reports bothers me, or rather that I make a judgement about him based on hearsay.

I'm sure he didn't consider himself evil, or that he did evil things. I'm sure he felt justified to take whatever action he saw fit in the eyes of Allah.

And I can help but realize that I'm buying into the old Texas adage Some Folks Just Need Killin'.

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