Tuesday, August 25, 2009
A Thought on Terrorists
A quick word. How many of us have watched a movie in which a super-villain has done evil and then said that he should be done in because we all know he will escape and destroy more lives. Another thought: how many of us would kill Hitler, Stalin, Saddam, Osama, Pol Pot, Kim Jong Il, Ismael Haniya, Mugabe, if all that it took was tossing a bomb at him and then thousands of lives would be saved (likely saved)? What if he was among a group of children? I ask this because, when it comes down to it, people who are terrorists are those who believe that the ends justify the means, even if those means result in death for many innocents. Yet, would you throw a bomb at Hitler or some of his SS men even if he was in a group of kids? I think that many people would. I do not mean to justify or humanize terrorists or terrorism at all. I do think that we should attempt to gain a clearer understanding of ourselves and try to understand what we would do in a situation where we are fighting for something we believe in and choose whether we believe that the ends justify the means, being aware that that belief is what defines terrorists.