It’s illegal to murder someone in our society (premeditated or homicidal)..
Yet it’s legal when the government says you can (military personnel)…
I’m trying to wrap my mind around this.
I know the argument is usually that military action is between combatants (and in this case, the woman would be considered a combatant), but to go even further with the issue, an overwhelming number of deaths in war are non-combatant civilians. Who’s responsible for their deaths, whatever country kills them? No one? Weren’t they murdered to? I can imagine the uproar if al-Qaeda tried to make the case that they only “intended” to kill the people on the 86th floor of the World Trade Center; though, unfortunately, several thousand people died. They would be prosecuted for every life, wouldn’t they? Why isn’t that the standard in 20th and 21st century warfare?
In other news, I found more support for my belief that we don’t care about real, substantial news and it’s gotten ridiculous in our country with this stuff. This is from an interview with Dennis Kucinich by journalist Deborah Solomon. Whether she was joking or not, the fact that she chose several of these following questions to eat up space in her article is a waste and lowers political conversation in this country. Quotes from this article on the New York Times website.
Solomon: But you’re a vegan. Do you think America is ready to elect a non-beef-eating president?
Kucinich: (clearly thinking, “What kind of question is that?!”) I think America is ready for a president with a blood pressure of 90 over 60 who could beat most people half his age in a sprint.
…and later, the question most people use to label Kucinich as a freak came up again, with his perfectly reasonable response…
Solomon: What should we make of your friend Shirley MacLaine’s recent memoir, in which she mentions that you once spotted a UFO at her house?
Kuninich: I saw something, absolutely. I don’t know what it was. It was unidentified.
Solomon: What did it look like?
Kucinich: End of story for me. Around Washington, the truth is an unidentified flying object.
A lot of folks have made a big deal about Kucinich seeing a UFO to claim that he’s loony. Let’s keep things in perspective here, though. He didn’t say he was abducted by aliens from the planet Zorcon-10, taken to another parallel universe, abducted from the Zorconese by Boba Fett, and somehow escaped with a lightspeed escape pod driven by heroic Spaceman Spiff, who dropped him off by the MacLaine residence again.
No, he saw a UFO, which is an unidentified flying object. As in, “I saw a glowing UFO last night until I identified it as my sister’s new glow-in-the-dark Frisbee.”
And by the way, that’s a nice zinger at the end by Kucinich to roll with the questions. I like the guy’s wit, integrity, and old-fashioned cajones to stand up and be a leader, no matter where the political winds are shifting. Kinda reminds me a little of this guy. And bringing up Kucinich reminds me of this recent post of mine related to Kucinich’s aforementioned cajones.