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Re: So if he dies all those otherwise future victims will have their life sentences commuted?
I should add, that like any normally compassionate person, I can't wish terrible suffering on anyone, and I'm sure I would find it as upsetting to see this man gasping for air as anyone else and want his torments to end. And I know that's the humane sentiment that generated this thread and don't blame anyone for feeling or expressing it. But there are so many hundreds of thousands of suffering, dying people who are his victims and the victims of the system he served and profited from who I will save my well wishes for. And I'm trying to push back against those sentiments that I may actually share with the OP but which I know the ideological system also wants me to feel for all the wrong reasons. Since you just read the Brothers Karamazov, consider my reaction as analogous to Ivan's who, in the name of the horrible, unredeemed and unredeemable suffering on earth, especially of children, protects himself against singing Hosannas on the final day when all the contradictions of human life are resolved and all their suffering explained as part of a divine plan. He doesn't wish to get caught up in that moment and forget that nothing can justify those sufferings. So he takes measures in advance to protect himself and respectfully "returns God the ticket". Well, I don't want to be made to feel a special compassion for this man, and I know I am as susceptible to it as anyone else, so like Ivan I'm protecting myself in advance.