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  •  Ah ha (none)
    but violence wasn't his sole purpose.  The reason I find Mr. Williams such an interesting figure is because he's done such good and bad things to such extremes.  To imply that the sole purpose of his life was to spread violence and sew destruction just isn't true because I understand that he was also instrumental in forging a truce.  Ending violence on that scale, even if he started it, is no small thing.  Killing is easy.  Allowing an execution to proceed is easy.  Being satisfied that someone's going to die is easy.  Killing innocents in war is easy.  Following orders is easy.  Starting war is easy. Ending one? ... How many people can claim to have done that?  And why, as you judge this man's life, do you omit that not-so-insignificant detail? You don't have to throw a parade for the guy (he arguably should end a war he began) or even let him out of jail to acknowledge that that's not such a bad thing.

    You say you're a soldier who's tired of militarism.  But wars only end when people acknowledge the humanity of people who've done really despicable things.  It's a really difficult thing to do, but without it, violence just continues.

    And while I agree that, if he committed the crimes of which he stands convicted, a lot of good would come of a clean admission of guilt; if he's killed, the possibility of that redemption and healing for the families of the victims will be killed right along with him.  And while some of the victims relatives might justifiably want him dead, we're ironically denying those families any opportunity to heal by killing him with these petty judgements.

    Lastly, I'm not going to go research your posts when you pointedly characterize my views as insulting.  It's you're right to say what you feel, and I welcome the exchange but please.  You're a solider right?  Your skin's thick enough, isn't it?

    •  We're talking past (none)
      one another.  This is fruitless.  Reasonable people can disgree.  Good luck to you.  

      BTW, I'm not a soldier now, but I was in the past.  

      -7.38, -6.62 Jesus + Fetus = SCOTUS (math by Jon Stewart)

      by lightiris on Sat Dec 10, 2005 at 05:21:38 AM PST

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