This is a good way to come out of the pre-season.
The interesting thing is that Hasan called upon the JAG running the trial to impose the death penalty on him, saying that it will complete his journey to martyrdom after keeping evil American military officers and personnel from going overseas to, in his eyes, murder innocent Muslims. While some of his rambling is coherent (as in the number of civilian deaths due to American military action in the Middle East being beyond any comprehensiblity), it still did not justify going on such a massacre at Fort Hood. That being said, it’s important to note that he needs to be held accountable for the mayhem he caused and the pain inflicted upon the families whose loved ones died that fateful day in 2009.
In my view, I would not impose the death penalty on him, and here’s why. First off, killing him off the bat would only serve his twisted wish to be martyred in the eyes of Islamist extremists, and could give them a new rallying cry to justify the killing of innocent Americans. Lastly, I don’t see the ultimate punishment as being that effective, as it won’t hold him accountable. It’s a better decision to simply let him live and let him think about what he did.
I found this on Alternet. While it may sound very extreme to the left, just take a look at what’s going on around you, and some of what the author (Yves Smith) writes actually does have a degree of accuracy. It’s as if there are forces that want to turn back the clock here.
That being said, taking the games away from Russia is going to give the International Olympic Committee a much bigger headache to deal with and not from the anger released by the Russian Government and Russian Olympic Committee. It would be a headache in the sense that they would have to get a 7-year construction and preparation project completed in a new host country in less than 6 months (which to be perfectly candid is highly unlikely). It would be this or cancelling the games as had happened during WWI (1916 Summer Games, which were to be held in Berlin) and WWII (the 1940 and 1944 Summer and Winter Games, which were to be held in Tokyo/Helsinki, Sapporo/St. Morritz/Garmisch-Partenkirchen, London and Cortina d’Ampezzo). Cancelling the upcoming games in Sochi would only bring the International Olympic Committee a large amount of negative publicity and would severely curtail its ability to influence member’s behavior in passing such hate-filled legislation, as doing so would be seen as meddling in that member nation’s internal political affairs.
It’s as if there’s no way to enjoy the benefits of life at this point.
Credit to: @MSNBC