...But of these sophisms and elenchs of merchandise I skill not...
Milton, Areopagitica

Except he had found the
standing sea-rock that even this last
Temptation breaks on; quieter than death but lovelier; peace
that quiets the desire even of praising it.

Jeffers, Meditation On Saviors



an 84 year old nun gets 35 months for:

Rice and the others admitted to spray painting peace slogans and hammering on exterior walls of the facility. When a guard confronted them, they offered him food and began singing.
a 31 year old Marine found guilty of murdering 24 Iraqi civilians gets:
Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich will not serve a jail sentence following his guilty plea in the killing of 24 Iraqis in 2005, a military judge said Tuesday.
Jones said he had planned to recommend 90 days in the brig — the maximum as requested by the prosecution — but that the plea bargain approved by Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser had called for no jail time.
Just us is served.
This is not to belittle Wuterich's remorse, which appears heartfelt and genuine. In a very real sense he's only a weapon, a drone if you will, operated remotely, by the invisible and unaccountable.
Who can't be court-martialed because there's no one powerful enough to haul them into court. If there was a court big enough.

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