"Gee, Tom, you are psychologically incapable of passing up even the thinnest opportunity to voice criticism on every foreign policy decision the US has ever made, aren't you? :)"
It may seem that way sometimes, but let me assure you there are many US foreign policy decisions that I have agreed with down thru the years. Unfortunately, most of them occurred before the disastrous decision to get involved in Vietnam. Things since then have gone pretty much down the rabbit hole, IMO, and those issues are the ones we always seem to end up discussing. The issue you are referring to here, I think, just happens to be one that I have seen up close and have followed for some 50 years now, and about which I have very strong feelings. For me, it is not just a matter of justice, but also a cause of serious concern over what is has done to my country, particularly since WTC, and the disastrous path we are headed down even now. I will say no more, for reasons I stated in my original post, other than that I continue to anguish over the situation and for the countless innocents on all sides who have suffered, and will continue to suffer, so terribly, so unnecessarily. It is far more complicated than a knee jerk opposition to US foreign policy, my friend.
"Please don't make semantic quibbles with me- I was clearly referring to SELF sacrifices. There are always effects from everything we do, but justice is a basic human psychological need, and is one function that governments have assumed. A system of automatic universal punishmentless forgiveness for all crimes obviously would be disastrous, for instance. The example given was clearly a repugnant crime and does deserve it's own punishment, but a blanket statement about forgiveness is not realistic, either. When people are wronged they need redress. If they can swallow something like Truth and Reconciliation a la South Africa or Rwanda, all the better. But that's a big pill since, clearly, one end result is that a gawdawful lot of horrible crimes go unpunished. People don't like that. So I guess all that I'm saying is that I tend to be a realist about the issue and think that there is a time for Truth and Reconciliation, and a time for justice."
No argument here. And the sooner we get around to meting out justice, the better. Nothing puts the guilty in the mood for a little truth and reconciliation like the prospect of imminent justice. ;0)
And honest, Dean, I wasn't trying to quibble with you semantically. It wasn't clear to me that you were referring to self sacrifice. It has become an alien concept to most in this culture. I apologize if you feel I tarred you with that brush. It was not my intent.