A MILLION DOLLARS FOR EACH KILLED

Thursday, March 13, 2008

A LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

  A MILLION DOLLARS FOR EACH KILLED IN ISRAELI/PALESTINIAN DAILY REVENGE KILLINGS TO BE IMPOSED ON THE KILLERS 

Time has come to start dispensing instant justice of at least a temporary but deterrent nature on the killers from both side of the Israeli/Palestinian divide. Human lives are precious. There can be any number of excuses to kill, but when a human being is killed, without rhyme or reason, without getting his day in court, he or his successors should be compensated by the authorities who are in charge of the area, de jure or de facto.

  

Innocents died last week on both sides. There will be no reference to any accountability or dispensing of justice and the carnage will go on. The world needs to address the wanton shedding the blood and should penalize those who feel they have the right to take law into their own hands and dispense justice according to their own whims.

  

The only fact that is definite when any human being dies is the fact of a crime being committed.  To detract from continuing with the same act of defiance, a deterrent should be imposed on the perpetrators of such crime of killing people, under whatever pretext one can arbitrarily design.

  

All the nations that are currently the members of UN Security Council, should impose the penalty on both sides of this ongoing carnage inflicting on each other and hand over cash to the family and successors of all those who are killed. All assets worldwide should be attached by the designated UN authority to pay for any such monetary compensation to the families of those killed.

  

This may be a stop-gap measure, but the high cost of penalty imposed and the world publicity around the UN measure of diffusing the continuing inhuman cycle of revenge attacks, should at least bring the tragedy to world community’s immediate area of response and action. The world cannot be silent spectator of this genocide by installment killings.

  

Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai

 

<ghulammuhammed3@gmail.com>

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