Saturday, February 5, 2011

Militants Kill Suspected Spies

     Here we go again.  Militants killed four men accused of spying for the U.S. Their bodies were dumped along a road in Pakistan's tribal region.  The area where they were found is thought to be a safe haven for al Qaeda and Pakistani Taliban militants.  There was a note affixed to one of the men that said, "This is the fate for whoever works for the U.S."  It also stated that they confessed to spying.  Dozens of men have been killed for aiding U.S. and Pakistani forces in Afghanistan.  Many believe that these killings are carried out because the U.S. is suspected in more than 30 missile strikes in Pakistan since August 2010.
     I took a moment to see just how I felt about all of this.  The proud American in me wants to suit up and go hunting; although, that would just add to the overwhelming ignorance in that region.  So the better man in me would just wish that those involved suffer 10 times as much humiliation and pain as the men who were executed.  Don't get me wrong, I know that actual spies are severely punished and killed. But, who determined that they were spies?  Did they have any kind of trial?  Or was it just a case of street justice?  Now, on the flip side, suspected terrorists and spies have a court trial if charged by the U.S.  Can you believe it?  I will give them spies to throw in prison but terrorists?  In Ricky's world, I would determine if the accused was involved and then, a la Samuel L. Jackson in the movie "Unthinkable", force them to tell on their buddies.  When I was done, they would have the right to a speedy death.  I know it's kinda harsh but is it though? How would you handle spies and terrorists?

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