Tertionus wrote:iJudas wrote:If you illegally take a life, you forfeit your own.
I have a friend. One night, he was out with another friend of ours. They were messing about, play-fighting after a little too much alcohol. The other friend lost his footing, tripped and fell after a 'play punch'. He hit his head on a curb. Must have caught awkwardly, because he died. Instantly.
My friend got 6 months in prison. He's no longer the guy he was. He doesn't go out, he has a constant tremor, and he lost his wife and kids (though his own psychological after-effects of having killed a friend). He will forever feel guilty, even though all he did was a little play-fighting with a friend on a night out.
But the cold, hard fact is, he illegally killed someone.
Some people see that his life should be forfeit, even if the family and friends of the dead man are mature and rational enough that we would, under no circumstances, wish harm to come to the man who did it. In fact, most of us would take the psychological, emotional harm done to him back, if we could. Including the dead man's family.
Personally, I'm pretty comfortable with thinking that anyone who thinks this man should die is a sociopath with no business in law creation OR debate.
I couldn't possibly know your friend or the circumstances that you have described. Like I said, there are far too many grey areas. I wouldn't rule out the death penalty. It all falls down when someone has been put to death and it later transpires that there was a gross miscarriage of justice. But of course, by then it is too late.
I should have used the word 'deliberately' rather than 'illegally'. You'll have to forgive a soldier who lives in a black and white world who gets posted to far flung back water, piss pot third world countries with the intent to restore law and order, at the express invite of whatever warped dicator happens to be in power at the time.
A soldier who conforms to law whilst deliberately killing people who deliberately kill other people.
Like I said. Grey area. Lots of.
Sorry about your buddy. That sucks and I feel your pain.