Thou Shalt Kill

My latest at Eclectica.org. Some thoughts on the strange, tragic way we accept violent death when it occurs in war versus our much-trumpeted value for each human life in civil society.

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About Thomas J. Hubschman

Thomas J. Hubschman is the author of Look at Me Now, My Bess, Song of the Mockingbird, Billy Boy, Father Walther’s Temptation, The Jew’s Wife & Other Stories and three science fiction novels. His work has appeared in New York Press, The Antigonish Review, Eclectica, The Blue Moon Review and many other publications. Two of his short stories were broadcast on the BBC World Service.

Posted on July 16, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Although I don’t entirely agree with you – I do believe, for example, that WWII was a just war – I think you have written very perceptively about the hyprocrisy of war. The culture of death in this country is highly visible in such ‘mundane’ arenas as sports and warfare. Thank you for pointing this out. However, you don’t even mention that there have been millions of heinous murders under the Obama and other administrations – of the unborn! – which are not only tolerated in this country but sanctioned. And, unless you go along with the euthanasia proponents, don’t you agree that denying end-of-life treatment to our elderly and disabled is murder, too?

  2. Thanks very much for your thoughtful comments, KG.

    I wasn’t aware that we denied end-of-life treatment to our elderly and disabled, which of course I agree would be unconscionable. On the other hand, administering futile, uncomfortable and costly procedures to those very near death, even against their wishes, makes no sense, don’t you think? At some point death is unavoidable, and the only humane treatment is to make the dying person as comfortable as possible rather than subject them to a few more days of agony merely to keep them alive that much longer.

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