So if you’ve seen the news the past few days you probably noticed a story about an acid attack against a woman in Tehran. Essentially, what it boils down to is this: a man threw acid on her and she was severely burned and blinded, because of this she wants her attacker blinded by acid. Eye for an eye justice, literally, and figuratively (and then literally again). This being Iran it actually looks like this is going to happen due to their courts holding up that sentence.
I have very conflicted feelings about this whole issue. On one hand I want her attacker tried and convicted and then sent to prison for the rest of his life. On the other, more emotional hand, I want acid thrown in his face.
The way it’s playing out right now in the media is essentially, which is a better justice system: a western or an Islamic one? They are based off of completely different principles and yet have the exact same noble goal, and I personally don’t think either of them are perfect. Being an American I am extremely biased towards a western style justice system, but at the same time I find it flawed when dealing with the worst law breakers so maybe this eye for an eye thing wouldn’t be so bad in certain cases.
However, while I speak of this I have no sure fire way to implement such a system in a western style justice system and honestly don’t even want to begin to think about it (got better shit to do). All I know from this case is that I am not losing sleep over this man, or any others like him, being blinded for their actions. Fuck him and all those like him.