There’s a lot of state-sanctioned killing in our world today.
The most recent example occurred in Washington DC yesterday when a mentally ill woman rammed her car into the White House barricade. She was shot and killed as she tried to escape.
On Monday, the Israeli Defense Forces shot and killed a Palestinian civilian in Gaza. His family said he was trying to breach the border between Gaza and Israel so that he could look for a job in Israel.
And then there are the state-sanctioned executions that occur in our death chambers every year. I watched closing arguments in the courtroom in Albuquerque this week in such a case. The 2012 execution list is here.
Why do I connect all of these killings? If a representative of the government performs the execution in the death chamber, on the street or at the border, then it must be lawful – right? There might be some people who are thankful that “law enforcement” works this way. It gives them a measure of comfort.
We are living in a police state that is fear-driven, hemorrhaging testosterone, and bloated with ego and self-righteousness.
In that world, no one is beyond the next bullet.