Rhetoric. 28 August 2013
Hello folks, and welcome to another edition of the column. Today we will be looking at the article from CBC that talks about a young boy from China who had his eyes gouged out. This truth cannot be stressed enough; the world is not all peaches and cream, and it is important to protect the young, especially when they are at that age. There are people out there who have malicious intents, and they will prey on young children if they are not taught how to stay safe, or if they are not supervised, or a combination of both. They are our most important resource, for they will discover new leads in our bid to understand ourselves as humans, they will run our country when we are all old and grey, they will defend our nation when a threat emerges, and they will bring about further progress in our society: to this end we owe them this much, and we must keep them safe, and teach them these valuable skills when it comes to identifying strangers and potential threats to their safety.
Now I know most schools in Canada conduct this sort of personal safety training; the stranger danger philosophy, and other bits of information most commonly delivered via assemblies during school hours, but parents and/or guardians please keep an eye on your child. Bullying will look like nothing when a child loses their eyesight, or any vital organ of their body.
When I read a story like this, it strikes home the message of how lucky I am to be living in a country like Canada, and while this country is not perfect, it is hell of a lot better than some of the other options out there in the world. War, famine, political unrest, and the black market; all these things are a threat to peace and stability. Yet we are very fortunate to be free of most of that in our country, very fortunate. Make no mistake though, this is not a free ticket to let down your guard, for scum like the woman who gouged out the eyes of the little boy can also end up in Canada as well: documents can be forged, identities stolen, and various other entrance methods acquired via fraud, intimidation, or payment.
The more I think about this, the more I seem to lean towards supporting a sort of judge Dredd-like entity in this day and age. Yes the arguments then arise of civil liberties, and so forth. Yet we see people do much horrible things to children, and organized crime running rampant, for they know that the legal system will always allow them to have a lawyer, and a good one too if they can afford it. These lawyers are not in the interest of the law, rather they are there for the money, and thus we see a revolving door. With the Dredd-like entity, when tackling organized crime, they can deliver swift justice on the spot: while regular police officers are left to handle the civilian populace, and thus we have separated the hardcore from the non-hardcore who deserve a second chance.
Right now my mind is running with ideas of how to deal with such vile, disgusting animals such as that woman, but setting up a Dredd-like force will take months of planning and preparation; time that may not be readily available, not to mention the cost associated with the new organization. Perhaps Interpol, or the organized crime department should be granted such powers? War criminals and organized crime heads get this “special” treatment, all the while the regular civilian populace will NOT see their liberties disappear, nor will these branches touch them in any way, shape, or form. A special gift to mafia heads looking to escape justice: the bullet will send you to your god on the other side from now on.
Anyways folks, this is just me ranting on about a “solution” on how to tackle such problems, but you be the judge on this matter: would a Judge Dredd-like force benefit us? Does this segregated approach work? Will it help reduce this sort of barbaric behaviour? Questions to be answered, but I will leave you with the article, and let this be the end of the rant. Thank you all for reading, and I shall see you next time.