June 11, 2001

Afterthoughts


Well.
It's done, it's over but it hasn't gone away.

That might not be a bad thing.

If anything about my attitude is changing over the past few days, it's my attitude towards the coverage of the execution.

Oh I still find it tasteless beyond belief and I'm still watching little of it; but at least it's got people thinking; and talking; and writing*.

Brief, factual reporting would not have done that.

It even resulted in a serious discussion between Hubby and myself in which he actually opened up his mind a little (a rarity!)

My husband considers himself a conservative. He's all for the death penalty, but he said that he saw my point and it got him thinking.
First time in twenty-five years but I guess miracles do happen...

Anyway. During the discussion with him I began to wonder why this execution was different - for me. Why was this the one that provoked so much soul-searching? This is the case that should have been the no-brainer - if any execution could be justified, it would be this one.

But that was exactly the point.

This is not a case where it can be argued that an innocent man might be put to death.
This is not a case where the murderer tried to claim redemption, rebirth, or even regret.
This is not a case where one can really say with a straight face that every life is precious, everyone has some redeeming qualities. Some (a very few, I hope) people are just plain evil and McVeigh was one of them.

I was still against this execution and I had to figure out why.
(see previous entry)

I spent some time today reading online journals on both sides of the issue, some of which are linked below.

I want to comment specifically on this one, since I agree with just about everything that the author says - except her ultimate conclusion.

Regret Nothing, Disavow When Needed, by Dreama
Monday, June 11, 2001 -- And It's Done

Like Dreama, I shed no tears for McVeigh nor am I thinking about how he must have felt. If his death could improve the lives of his victims one iota, it would be worth it. But it won't, and the glorification and martyrdom it bestows upon him may even hurt in the long run.

Dreama pointed out that the lethal injection hardly compares to the way the bombing victims died. Exactly. It was too good an end for him.

"I have no sympathy for Timothy McVeigh. He has reaped only a small measure of what he sowed."

He should have been left alive to reap more, not be given the coward's way out of his miserable existence, as was his choice. How dense can the government be?

"I will glorify life, I will not debase myself by fretting over someone whose very existence glorified death."

I'm not fretting over McVeigh. Of course he glorified death, as his own death glorifies it all the more.

I can't glorify life by means of death. I'm not even American but I feel dirty today.

* These entries, with varying conclusions, are thought-provoking and well-written:

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