Here there be dragons...

"I'm telling you stories. Trust me." - Winterson

Time to move to Spain?

Given that he was holding hostages, there's very little doubt of guilt in this case. Can you imagine the outcry if this was done here? On the one hand, too much power can be a very bad thing - we all know how it can be unjustly abused. (How long has "absolute power corrupts absolutely" been around?*) But on the other, if responses like this in clear-cut cases were acceptable, perhaps there would be fewer cases like this.

*ok - I'm a geek, we know it. And I was surprised by the answer - I was thinking one of the great philosophers but not so much... "This arose as a quotation by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834–1902). The historian and moralist, who was otherwise known simply as Lord Acton, expressed this opinion in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887: 'Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.'" There ya go - learned something today and it's not even 6:30am.


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