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Recognizing Pure Evil

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As I write these words, it’s still too early to know who perpetrated the bloody attacks on the Boston Marathon, or even to guess at the motivations. Nevertheless, the two explosions undeniably represent a premeditated act that deserves classification as unspeakably evil. No “higher cause” can conceivably justify the shattered lives and severed limbs. The Boston Bombings remind us that brutality remains a constant presence in our world, and that cruelty should discredit relativists who blur distinctions between good and evil, civilization and barbarity.

 

We must also recall that those who defend us against random violence—soldiers, police officers, first responders, doctors and nurses—toil on the side of decency, regardless of politics. We must recognize their efforts, and respond decisively against the warped mentality of terrorists who make pain and destruction their primary focus.

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  1. Jason  •  Apr 19, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    When we were at war with Japan our country was so paranoid that we rounded up all the Japanese in America and detained them. We are under constant attack my militant Islamists, extreme Muslims, why do we not quit importing terrorists? This is a free country with the right to worship whatever higher power you wish as long as that pursuit doesn’t infringe on the rights of every other citizen. I am thinking killing human beings in the name of you religion qualifies as infringing on other citizens rights.

  2. Mike J  •  Apr 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Very well said by Jason–too bad our poltical law makers do not have the courage to implement a strategy to protect it’s citizens—their only concern is to be re-elected.

  3. Larry Good  •  Apr 19, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Medved hits the nail on the head when he says relativists blur the distinction between good and evil.
    I think that such blurring is a contributing cause to the growing of evil in our society, and that that blurring is interpreted by some unbalanced members of society as the condoning of some degree of evil and its apparent acceptability. When young people are encouraged to make up their own morality, rather than conform themselves to good and avoid evil, our society misses an opportunity to identify in advance those who might be inclined to violence.
    As long as the left insists that no one knows what is right and wrong, and that therefore no one has the right to insist on right thinking on the part of even elementary school children, our society will continue to suffer such seemingly unpredictable outbreaks of violence.

    Hey relativists, there is right & wrong. Bostonians will tell you! Ignore the lesson at your (and our) peril!

  4. SMS  •  Apr 19, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Michael Medved’s clarion call to action for the cause of good in a world laced with evil, is it’s antidote. We’ve got to stop humanizing those who commit antithetical, mis-anthropological deeds.
    Moral relativity dies or, more of us wil. Young.

  5. Steve Chambers  •  Apr 19, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Evil no doubt! All of us, be observant, speak up, take action, defend! The left, our government, will find way to minimize this as they have all aberrant behavior.

  6. Greg Crown  •  Apr 19, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Liberal teachers and cowardly administrators have taken to teaching our children that “everything is relative” – no purely right or wrong – just “everything dependent on the circumstances”. Well that view is purely wrong! Right and wrong, good and evil are most often easily discernable. But until and unless parents are willing to point that out to their children rather than depending upon the liberal school system to establish the norms, little will change for the good.

  7. Brent  •  Apr 21, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Mr. Medved uncharacteristically errs in not following the logic of the primacy of self-defense, an inalienable right.

    I am defended by random violence first and foremost by…me. The people he lists aren’t likely–nor are they legally required–to be present to save me from attack. I am the Secret Service agent for my family, appointed by G-d Himself. As is said, I carry a gun, because carrying a LEO is too heavy.

    Thank goodness I live in NH, and not Massachusetts, where it’s a “shall-issue” state.

    • Earl Chantrill  •  Apr 21, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      There is no self defense against such attacks as these. I agree with the right to carry a concealed weapon, but it would not have helped in this case. It happened with no warning and no opportunity to react. As Michael said, this is the epitome of evil. Those who died and those who are maimed for life deserve to have those responsible (right now, one is in custody and one is dead, and who knows at this time if only these two are responsible) receive the highest possible deterrance against ever perpetrating such an act again. To me, that means either the death penalty or incarceration for life with no possibility of contact with the outside world.

  8. Brent  •  Apr 22, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    The U.S. government, though, had ample opportunity to act, as Diana West writes on her blog, bring to attention a piece of stunning news: the Russians warned U.S. authorities “in early 2011” about the 26-year-old bomber becoming radicalized before traveling to Chechnya to meet with unspecified underground groups. Mrs. West retrieved this from the FBI’s own website.

    http://www.dianawest.net/Home/tabid/36/EntryId/2485/Will-FBI-Director-Mueller-Ever-Be-Held-Accountable-for-Anything.aspx

    I’m flabbergasted. Is the Shallow Stream Media talking about this?

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