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Wednesday, March 04, 2009


Blind justice

An Iranian woman who was blinded by a jilted suitor who threw acid in her face has been awarded "an eye for an eye" justice - no, strike that, "an eye for two eyes" justice. The court has ruled that the assailant should be blinded as punishment, but only in one eye, not two, because women are only worth half as much as men.

If you're an American, as I am, and find this inequality of justice offensive, I ask you to pause and consider that the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq suggest that the American system of "justice" values Americans over foreigners, particularly non "Western" foreigners, by a ratio of about a thousand to one, and those thousand don't even have to be guilty of anything. That isn't any kind of justice, blind or otherwise.

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