One Month Later

It’s been one month since a murderer was murdered.

On 11 June 2001, Timothy McVeigh was murdered in a nice clean way. No loose ends, no police investigation. Just a whole bunch of seemingly happy people. They say they’re happy over a murder.

I say they’re sick.

Call me what you want: bleeding heart; liberal; sympathizer.

I don’t care.

Call it what you want: execution; justice; vindication.

It’s still murder.

Last I checked, murder’s still wrong. That’s what convicted McVeigh, after all. Why doesn’t it apply to the man who killed McVeigh? Oh, yeah, because “It was the right thing to do,” or some such shit.

I got news for you. It’s old news, your parents told it to you. Their parents told it to them. And so on and so forth for generations. That news is: Two wrongs don’t make a right.

Some more news (and I’ve always loved this old saying): An eye for an eye leaves us all blind. I could carry on and on quoting clichés that all say the same thing, but I’m sure you get the point.

Speaking of news, where’s the McVeigh news in the press now? For weeks leading up to the murder, you couldn’t turn on the evening news, open a paper or visit CNN.com without reading about McVeigh. Where’s that great coverage now? Oh yeah, he’s dead, story’s over, time to move on to covering the size of Angelina Jolie’s boobs in Tomb Raider.

How many of you had already forgotten about this before I brought it up?

Here’s some interesting things that didn’t happen immediately following McVeigh’s murder:

  • 168 rainbows didn’t simultaneously appear across the world.
  • 168 angels didn’t appear out of thin air singing the Hallelujah Chorus.
  • 168 families didn’t have every bad thing in their lives suddenly disappear.
  • 168 people didn’t rise happy and healthy from their graves.

All that McVeigh’s murder did was raise the death toll to 169.

Nobody has the right to take another person’s life in cold blood. That applies just as much to McVeigh’s jury and his murderer, I mean executioner, as it did to McVeigh himself.

I have to admit, I almost made an exception for McVeigh. Few people deserve to burn in Hell for eternity more than McVeigh. Few people deserve to be dead more than McVeigh.

But it’s not right.

Only one person has the right, the experience and the mindset to decide who lives and who dies.

And we’re not even sure if He or She exists.

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