Saturday, November 29, 2008

An Eye For An Eye Leaves Everyone Blind - Literally

It looks like Iran has reached a new high point in setting the standard for justice. The case in question involved a man who had blinded a woman with acid after she turned down his marriage proposal. Not a very nice act, and certainly something that needs to be dealt with by the justice system.

The punishment in this case though is a bit rough. Under the code of qias, or retribution, that is part of Islamic law in Iran, this man is to be blinded by acid himself, in part at the request of woman he attacked.

This is not justice, this is vengeance, and vengeance is only cool in stories. We've moved past it in the real world. Justice is about righting the wrong, and preventing other wrongs, not committing more wrongs.

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Esonlinji said...

I'm surprised to hear you say that. The man should definitely be punished, but repeating his barbarity just diminishes the rest of us, and does nothing to improve the state of the world.

David Barry said...

does nothing to improve the state of the world.
It makes us feel better, and may have a deterrent effect.

Esonlinji said...

If the cost of feeling better and creating a deterrent is to become a bunch of cruel thugs who are no better than this sorry excuse of a man, then I for one feel that we are poorer for making such a deal.