"The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed. It blesses him that gives and him that takes. 'Tis mightiest in the mighty..." - Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
Adel Basset al-Megrahi, convicted bomber of Pan Am Flight 103—the one that killed 270 people over
BBC News reports that British relatives of the Lockerbie victims are pleased with
Americans and their president are true to form. No other nation on Earth locks up more of its citizens than does the “Land of the Free.”
Hatred? That is part of it. It is money, too; and it is jobs. Corrections workers are fast replacing the auto worker (with his big salary and comparable lifestyle,) as the new “upscale” working class. The difference:
Today, a situation in
Commenting on this desperate move, Russ Marlan, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Corrections said in the August 18 (2009) edition of USA Today: “We can’t incarcerate people to create jobs; that’s not what prisons are for. But that is what it has become.”
It is a shocking admission by a top government official—one the entire world heard at once. Yet,
This is what America’s prisoners and their families are up against—not just an official here and a group there, but legions of Americans—coast to coast—engaging in the interstate trade of human beings, quashing freedom for profit,, choosing vengeance over mercy as a prerogative of power.
Mercy. Kenny MacAskill’s words were a singular shot across
Obama’s words, on the other hand, rang hollow. They only appeased a nation consumed with endless retribution.