The internet, earlier today
An internet user has been found guilty of what police said was Britain’s first “web-rage” attack.
Paul Gibbons, 47, tracked down John Jones using details obtained online after the pair exchanged insults in an internet chatroom, a court heard.
He travelled 70 miles to Mr Jones’ home in Clacton, Essex, and beat him up with a pickaxe handle in December 2005.
(Source: BBC News)
Isn’t web-rage an exceptionally clumsy neologism? Web-rage is such an ugly word… I prefer homicidal attack.
Remember, kids, it’s a wild and woolly world out there, full of people who’ll take violent exception to your choice of footwear or definiton of permanent revolution.
So, hey, let’s be careful out there!
Cluster bombs – used in our war crimes against Iraq
In the early hours, two days before the attack on Iraq began, two men in their 30s, Phil Pritchard and Toby Olditch, cut through the fence surrounding the air base at Fairford in Gloucestershire and made their way towards the B52 bombers which were stationed there. The planes belonged to the US air force. The trespassers were caught by guards and found to be carrying tools and paint. They confessed that they were seeking to disable the planes, in order to prevent war crimes from being committed. This year they were tried on charges of conspiracy to commit criminal damage, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years. Last week, after long deliberations, the jury failed to reach a verdict.
(Source: The Guardian)
Here’s a simple scenario:
You see a man about to shoot a child dead. So, without harming that man in any way, you seize his gun off him and stamp it into pieces. You’ve saved the child’s life simply by damaging someone’s property.
Have you committed a crime?
If you’re saying “no,” then should your answer be any different simply because the man happens to be a soldier? Why should the state, through its armies, navies and air forces, have any more right to carry out murder than an individual?
In summing up, the judge told the jurors that using weapons “with an adverse effect on civilian populations which is disproportionate to the need to achieve the military objective” is a war crime.
(Source: The Guardian)
Please read Monbiot’s full article, linked above. It seems that juries and judges are thinking morally – whatever will Butcher Blair and his government of murderers and liars do about that?