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iamjoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:11 PM
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69. I'm Really Not Condoning Crime
Conservatives think in black and white. As in, every criminal is evil. More educated people try to understand motives, what causes some one to commit a crime? Lack of education? Poverty? Then, let's work to reduce those situations and reduce crime. Conservatives unfairly paint Liberals as being soft on crime for this. That's not it at all. If some one commits a crime, they should pay for it. But what's wrong with trying to understand what motivates criminals and reduce the causes of crime?

I'm not trying to make excuses for the soldiers either (although admittedly, it seems like that) These soldiers involved in the torture should be court martialed for their crimes.

But why did they do it? Why were these soldiers so far gone that they no longer saw the Iraqis as human and thought the horrible acts they were committing were fun?

If you just court martial these soldiers and don't explore the underlying causes (and now there are rumors such abuse and torture was wide spread, not isolated) you are simply putting a band aid or patch on the problem.

Do you believe most of the people living in the southern U.S. prior to the Civil Rights Era were evil? Do you believe the vast majority of the Germans alive between 1930 - 1945 were evil? They did horrible, evil things, true, but were they ALL, by nature evil people? And now, one generation, two generations later, the people are mostly good and decent?

Are most of us basically good and sometimes something happens to certain people that makes them do evil things? Or are most of us basically evil and it is just simmering below the surface waiting for an opportunity to take over?
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