19 March, 2003

Perspective

Sometimes, it's all a matter of perspective. Take, for instance, the case of James Kopp, who was found guilty of murdering Barnett Slepian, a doctor who performed abortions. In his defense:

Kopp admitted shooting Dr Slepian, but his lawyers sought an acquittal arguing that their client only meant to wound the doctor to prevent him performing abortions.

Oh, well! He only meant to wound the good doctor. In that case, let the man go.

I'm sure that Saddam Hussein only meant to wound the people he gassed. I'm sure the American military only meant to wound the Vietnamese with napalm. I'm sure Gavrilo Princip only meant to wound Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

I mean, really, what's a little wounding? I often start shooting at my friends, but we all know I'm just trying to wound them, so there are no hard feelings.

Kripes. This ranks right up there with the fucking Twinkie defense.

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