AMERICA THE VIGILANTE

May 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

I like the movie Death Wish, starring Charlie Bronson. It’s the classic revenge flick- the wounded hero, having lost everything of meaning, decides to get even; the audience swoons as our man hunts down every single one of the bastards who wronged him.We cheer every drop of their blood, every scream, every desperate plea for mercy cut short by a gunshot.

But I don’t want to live in a world like that. That’s why we have laws and, last time I checked, we were kind of supposed to abide by them, one of which is that if someone commits a crime against us, we do not have the right to grab a weapon and return the favour. But all that seemed to be forgotten in the days that followed the announcement of America’s extrajudicial assassination of Osama Bin Laden. People dancing in the streets, celebrating the murder of their enemies? Didn’t we see images like that in certain Middle Eastern thoroughfares after 9/11?

I hope even one person who believes in America’s right to vigilantism reads this superb op-ed in the Guardian today by Tom Wright. It might give them pause, even for a second, which is longer than any of the ‘liberal’ mainstream media has taken to view Bin Laden’s murder from a different perspective.

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