Statement of Policy

Tuesday, November 29, 2005
InstaPundit strongly supports the use of violent force to save lives of its workers ..., readers, advertisers, or unrelated onlookers should they be kidnapped, held hostage, or caught in the middle of a conflict situation. The use of grossly excessive or gratuitous violence, while not exactly encouraged, isn't exactly deplored, either.

6 comments:

terrye said...

I think that should be opur policy as well.

Buddy Larsen said...

The hostages are from a self-styled Christian group that wishes no effort other than gentle persuausion be employed to obtain release with retained head/body attachment. I know what the terrorists think of these folks, and I know what I think of these folks. the question is, What Would Jesus Do? If it's anything like what the group using His name advocates, then I'd like to become Jewish, now, please.

Rick Ballard said...

Well, I took His advice, sold my cloak and bought a sword some time ago. Rethinking the parable of the good Samaritan with a different time sequence gives me some direction as to what to do.

There is the question of the depth of the hostages belief in the "gentle Jesus, meek and kind" motivation. Shall we take them at their word as to their willingness to die for a misunderstanding? If they have actually made a choice to become martyrs for stupidity, who are we to interfere with that choice?

Buddy Larsen said...

Exactly so. Who can't have heard of "render unto Caesar"? Doesn't exactly take a Bible scholar to get the message not to wander into the pre-Constantine Colisseum just before Constantine, fighting his way toward you, arrives.

Buddy Larsen said...

To march in front of the elephants so that you can pretend to lead the parade, is to place a large bet on not stumbling.

Seneca the Younger said...

Terrye, I think this passes by acclamation. I say we adopt that as a statement of YARGB policy as well.