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A Controversial Question: Sep 26, 2010

Ok, there is no nice way to introduce this question. So here it is-

“Are the children and grandchildren of those who personally wronged you legitimate targets for reprisals?”

Don’t worry about the age or ‘innocence’ of the targets. The extent, methods and depravity of such reprisals is also not relevant.

It really boils down to a more fundamental question-

If someone wrongs you (significant and repeated) for no fault of yours, are you justified in seeking ANY remedy, including those that involve doing things which would write new chapters in the annals of human depravity?

If person A goes out of their way to try and hurt person B, has person A lost any claim to mercy or humane treatment from person B?


  1. Nestorius
    September 26, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Punishing the children is a very ancient punishment (cf. the story of Niobe whose children were killed by Artemis and Apollo). It hurts more than punishing the person himself.

    This is inherent in human nature. But why do these people pretend to ignore this fact? Who is backing them up?

  2. September 30, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Only if you buy into the “God” of the Old Testament.

    The answer you seek appears to me to be the answer in Christianity’s “Original Sin” dogma – we are all stained by the betrayal of Adam & Eve, even now.

    I was an altar boy until I was 17. Then I woke up.

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