After reading Linda Milazzo's excellent article yesterday, I. I. I. I. - Invoke, Impeach, Indict, Imprison - This Patriot's Refrain (at 3:30 a.m., due to a bout of insomnia), I fired off a comment that leapt from my brain stem while my higher level neurons were still snoring (I realize writers shouldn't do this, but I did it anyway, and to quote Mr. FU himself, "It felt good!"). I wrote:
"It's time someone said it... while we're still alive: Assassinate. ...
Cheney et. al. are doing it to we the people, in the hundreds of thousands; other than logistics, why not return the favor?"
Of course I'd posed the question to myself long ago, and on more than a few occasions I've heard people raise the topic of their own accord, even here in Utah, that reddest of red states.
To say it is "cowardly" to consider assassination is just plain silly, just as it was absurd to call the 9/11 hijackers cowards. A coward is someone who: lacks courage in facing danger, difficulty, opposition, pain, etc.; is a timid or easily intimidated person; is very fearful or timid; or who acts from fear or timidity. If you think that carrying out an assassination or a suicidal plane crash for a heartfelt cause is an act rooted in fear or timidity, all I can say is you've got a different dictionary than I do. I get scared shitless when a plane hits turbulence, and extremely uncomfortable if I even have to tell someone something they may not want to hear. An assassination? I'd crap my pants and possibly have a heart attack before I got out the door! Do you think that Claus von Stauffenberg or others who tried to assassinate Hitler were cowards? Please.
Not to assassinate a criminal who may well kill your relatives (think nuclear holocaust, global warming, provoking terrorists), because it might be considered "criminal" BY the "criminal" or his criminal buddies, is nothing less than insanity. We need better reasons than labels of "cowardly" or "criminal" to stave off an assassination.
I found the responses to Linda's article and also to my question to be exceptional, enlightening, entertaining, and everything I've come to expect from readers of OpEd News (E.E.E.E., BTW). Thank you to those who responded, even the fellow who spanked me pretty hard.
Please note that even in my somnolence, I did realize that I was posing a question, not necessarily advocating the act. Also note that I was not "conspiring"-that requires at least two people planning, and I would never do THAT on a public website!-so much as thinking out loud to share my thoughts, and sincerely wanting to tap the brains of others who clearly feel some of my passions. Hey! It's still ok to THINK, and at least at the moment, even to think out loud.
Now I wake up this morning, slide into my fat-bottom computer chair, coffee in hand, and there on the top line at OpEd News is an article by James Brett, Cheney and Cheneyism. It is well-written, nicely researched, heart felt, and deeply resonant with my inner being. James runs down the list of what Dick Cheney is all about, and ends by comparing him to a cockroach. A cockroach!
Need I really ask what we do with cockroaches? Even ones that merely peacefully nibble the crumbs on our kitchen floor?
But ok, let's get back to the subject, boys and girls. Why NOT assassinate?
So spank me all you want, but I confess that this has only made me made think harder about my own question. Which of course has led to some answers of my own, that are a bit more refined than whatever I was thinking before. And I feel it's safe to say that at least a few of my higher level neurons are actually firing at the moment. So I herewith present five reasons why we should not assassinate, even if one is cursed with a burning itch to do so:
One: To pilfer a phrase from The Onion article, THE reason we should not kill is simply to "have a higher standard of behavior." Yes, a higher standard of behavior. Now and forevermore for humans: Thou Shalt Not Kill. We don't want it. It sucks. No one should die at the hands of another, no matter what they've done. Not even Hitler. Killing is wrong. We are not the authors of human life, we should not take it.