Originally Posted by kootenay
Blackjenner I know how you feel but if you reject your humanity in dealing with crime you provide everyone else with the example that its ok to do anything you want to other people as long as you achieve your objectives. In essence you are providing the Pirates with justification for their acts not retribution. Justice would be arresting them, trying them and Punishing/executing them. Justice must not only be done but it must be seen to be done. Or it isnt justice. Its revenge.
I'm a former cop. I do believe in the rule of law. Please don't assume my statement as anything suggesting that I am rejecting my humanity. I am sure that, were they taken by Americans they would not have been set adrift.
The thing is they committed a lawless, if not a warlike, act, against the Russians for crying out loud. Do they think they are somehow incredibly lucky? They would be lucky to have Americans pick them up but, no, they jumped a Russian freighter.
While I would not wish this upon then, nor call it justice, I *still* have a hard time feeling sympathy for such violent criminals who have bad things happen to them.
And that is not me giving up one shred of my humanity.
So please don't extrapolate my balanced statement with somehow justifying *their* violence.
You see, my humanity remembers the *victims* too.
So, good points and I hope you understand mine.