Thursday, August 27, 2009

A lefty paradox

A friendly CNN piece this week on how one of the Jena 6 boys has profited from a racially-motivated ambush led me to perplexing thought: How would the left respond if some of the Jena 6 members were offered guard jobs at Guantanamo Bay?

I haven't heard anyone outright say that the six attackers who jumped a single victim were gentle bunny rabbits, but the way they were presented left the impression that their supports believe they're just nice boys. In all fairness, the opposition didn't say they were innocent; they were saying they were getting too harsh a punishment.

Still, their reaction was a pendulum swing too far and left an understatement of the violence.

So what if instead of working in a law office, the eager lads joined the armed services and were recruited to guard terrorist suspects: a group that is clearly more likely to be brutalized by guards than the average prisoner. Would members of the left say their violent past should prevent them from the position, or would they stick to their guns and say they trust them?

I honestly don't know. Any takers?

1 comment:

  1. huh? Can you repeat the question? Sorry, I think I'm just dumb. Or maybe just happy. ;) Guess I'll have to go brush up on some facts about the Jena 6. :)