Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I am an oxymoron

Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com

I am an oxymoron

Over the weekend I talked to several people about the pirate situation in the Gulf of Aden. Frankly, I was getting frustrated over the apparent lack of action on the part of the United States.

Shipping companies have for a long time considered paying the ransom for the ships and crews the cost of doing business in the gulf. The numbers are staggering as to the total number of ships taken and the amount of money paid. The Alabama was unusual in that it was a ship flying the American flag with an American crew.

I have always been opposed to the death penalty because it has never been proven that it does anything. There has never been a person committing a murder who has thought about death penalty before they kill someone. Yes, they do think about it later but not at the time of the crime. The death penalty does not keep anyone from killing someone.

But I do strongly believe in justice. Lately I have been telling people that we should blow the life boat out of the water as a message to the pirates. And to keep blowing the life boats out of the water as a message to all of the pirates of the future.

We are not fighting a war against terrorists. We are fighting a war against criminals.

I hate the death penalty but I believe in justice. To kill the pirates where they stand is justice.

Yes, am an oxymoron. g

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