Sentenced to Be Blinded By Acid

I’ve never been a huge fan of the whole eye-for-an-eye punishment system.This is likely due to my position as comfortable American who sees the worst of the world through her television and computer monitor rather than addressing the eyes of the beast directly. Though there is a certain poetic justice in such a penal code, I generally refuse to condone it.

I do have one exception: Acid attacks.

Few far-away stories of violence rankle my sensitivities more than those of acid attacks – likely because most of them are directed towards woman and occur mainly in cultures that subjugate women. For instance, on Nov. 12, Taliban militants sprayed school girls in Afghanistan with acid using water pistols. I suppose eye-for-an-eye isn’t exactly what I’m picturing as appropriate retribution for this attack. “Anal” and “repeated” and other words I won’t use at this juncture more aptly describe the punishment I would render if I had my druthers.

And I must confess that I was pleasantly surprised when The Houston Chronicle revealed several Iranian newspapers reported yesterday that an Iranian court, following Islamic law, sentenced a man to blinded by acid for doing the same to woman he loved to prevent others from marrying her.

How horrific that this would make me smile – especially as it is religious law dictating such retribution and I am a rabid agnostic. However, in all the years I spent conducting international political analysis and regularly exploring news of the globe, I have never read of a man (or woman) facing the same fate after conducting or ordering an acid attack – which happens much, much  more than any of us cushy, isolated Americans would like to think.

Sure, it might be barbaric of me to have felt fuzzily warm inside when I read the HC article. But I think our own criminal system could use a makeover – caning, a very effective deterrent in Singapore, doesn’t seem too cruel and unusual to me. We simply cannot rehabilitate all those who choose to hinder the pursuit of happiness by others. Deterrence should be a much higher priority. And I’ll wager a bet that acid attacks would decrease if the requisite discipline would be by acid on the transgressor.

Last month in Somalia, Muslim radicals stoned a 13 year-old girl to death for adultery after having been raped by three men. Her sentence was carried out in front of 1,000 spectators. Eye-for-an-eye would be too good for the monsters who meted out such a perverted and inhuman abomination.

The artist forgot(?) to add women

Wasn’t it Gandhi who said “An eye for an eye and the whole world will go blind”? Certainly true in Iran.


4 Responses to “Sentenced to Be Blinded By Acid”

  1. 1 Sanity
    November 29, 2008 at 2:23 am

    Violence begets violence.
    Did it occur to you that some of those that you wish to “cane” might be mentally challenged? They need help, they need to be taken care of, should they be a danger to society, then they need to be removed from society. Either jail or a mental hospital. It costs less to the taxpayer, to fund programs and get them help BEFORE they kill, rape, maim or whatever, than it is to incarcerate them after the fact. Proactive versus reactive. Fix/block the problem before other innocents are hurt or killed rather than just beat on them, lock them up and throw away the key after they killed someones child. Stupid cunt!

  2. November 29, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Sanity – what an inappropriate name you are using while calling people filthy names. Obviously – OBVIOUSLY – I would not wish mentally ill people to be beaten and we do have psychological evaluations to determine that. OBVIOUSLY, if we could get those who would commit crimes help before they do so, that would benefit them and society immensely. Try not to misinterpret what I wrote – just try.

    There are repeat criminals who are not mentally ill and who will do harm to others in any case. Harsher punishments should be considered for these people. Look at the rates of recidivism. And your perpetual belief in the ability of a violent, repeat offenders to change their ways could mean an innocent person’s life.

    Criminals have more rights in this society than victims and that is a travesty. You should look at it from a different perspective. If a person preys on the society around them, they should be removed from that society. And different punishments could be better deterrents, reduce the rate of recidivism and lower jail populations.

    One in one hundred Americans is in jail – and they are not all mentally ill. Perhaps they have a sob story, but so do many, many Americans who choose not to violate the rights of others. I do think marijuana should be legalized and perhaps that could reduce prison populations.

    In any case, our system is broken.
    Yours Truly,
    Stupid Cunt

  3. 3 Paige
    December 1, 2008 at 9:58 am


    You claim to understand that violence begets violence. What you miss entirely is that your own use of violent language degrades your argument.

  4. 4 Patty
    February 19, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Sanity, What a trashy,disgusting, degrading… mouth you have! That is the only thing I remember from your reply. A person such as yourself does not need to give an opinion, you need help!

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