Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Crime, The Punishment

"The 31-year-old Iranian is demanding the ancient punishment of "an eye for an eye," and, in accordance with Islamic law, she wants to blind Majid Movahedi, the man who blinded her."
Just in case the Compassionate Liberal in you feels outraged after reading this story, take a look at the second image on that slideshow and then tell me "eye for an eye" is a barbaric concept.

It is not easy to discuss the implications of this violent story. Retribution seems equitable, even necessary. But how does that affect all that we have learned about forgiveness?

2 comments:

Chimera said...

don't we see Doestoevsky around us all the time?

km said...

Chimera: And I often feel like the guy from "Notes from underground" :)