Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Evil Country: Moral Blindness
The news organizations of the major U.S. television networks have in recent days endlessly referred to the insane terrorist organization ISIS (variously called "Islamic State in" or "of Iraq and Syria") "executing" prisoners, truck drivers, and the like. No. Terrorists do not "execute". They MURDER. There is a HUGE difference between the two terms.
Here are the relevant definitions, from Dictionary.com.
3. to inflict capital punishment on; put to death according to law.Murder:
1. The killing of another human being under conditions specifically covered in law.See the difference? Law. Law is established not by terrorist organizations but by governments, specifically legitimate governments. The distinction between "execution" and "murder" is not subtle but stark. ISIS is not a government, nor a court. It has no lawful authority to kill anyone. Ergo, the killing it does is MURDER, not execution.
Only people with absolutely no moral sense draw no distinction between "execution" and "murder". But all over American major media in the past few days, terrorist murder has been transformed into rightful killing by a government in accordance with law, because the media of the United States are dominated by the evil of moral blindness.
CNN did have the good sense to point out that the "executions" — yes, I believe even CNN called those murders "executions" — as recorded in fotos and videos are evidence of war crimes for which the guilty parties could be prosecuted and, properly speaking, "executed", thru tribunals that use fotograffic and video evidence that the murderers themselves have provided. Every other media mention I have seen of these crimes has termed them "executions" — because the United States has become an evil country that sees no difference between rightful and wrongful killing, no difference between terrorist gangs and democratically elected governments.
Another loathsome phrase employed by morally blind American media is "execution-style" killing. No. The murders that media covers with such wording are NOT by firing squad, nor even in the style of Communist China's execution by a single gunshot to the back of the head, of someone bound beforehand. No, "execution-style" serves absolutely no legitimate purpose but instead bestows upon such murders a kind of legitimacy.
How did this happen? How did media lose all contact with morality?