Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Learn a Lesson, Save Some Lives

In the comments at DovBear, Chardal quotes a general who nails it: [edit: He also posted it.]
General Richard Hawley was the commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and was commander of the Allied Air Forces in Central Europe, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

When he was asked, "Does violence only lead to more violence?", this is what he had to say.

This one is so stupid you usually have to be the president of an Ivy League university to say it. Here's the truth, which you know in your heads and hearts already: Ineffective, unfocused violence leads to more violence. Limp, panicky, half-measures lead to more violence. However, complete, fully thought-through, professional, well-executed violence never leads to more violence because, you see, afterwards, the other guys are all dead. That's right, dead. Not "on trial," not "reeducated, "not "nurtured back into the bosom of love." Dead. D-E-Well, you get the idea.
Meanwhile, Meryl (who has a number of great posts as usual today) notes a little about the first terrorist Hezbollah asked to be released.

WARNING: Descriptions of intense violence. Important to read, because of it.

She also notes:
Samir Kuntar should have been put to death. Israel seriously needs to rethink its policy on the death penalty. Today’s terrorists are the new Nazis, and deserve as little mercy.
I agree with that, but there's more to it than that. Again and again, we see terrorists try and use these terrorists as excuses to kill and kidnap soldiers, then demand a trade such as today's. Even those who normally argue that capital punishment doesn't reduce murders would agree that in this case it would.