Discuss the US Presidential Election & the War
He's murdered thousands of American citizens and would do so again if he had the means and the opportunity?
As others have pointed out, more americans die every day at the hands of impaired drivers than died in the 9/11 attacks...
I think a sense of proportion is required.
What purpose does allowing him to continue living serve? He murdered almost three thousand people.
So he did. Why not treat him as the criminal he is, rather than the martyr he wants to be?
Will killing OBL un-do any of the crimes he is responsible for? The answer is self-evident, but it should also be self-evident that killing him will not achieve anything beyond appeasing a base desire for revenge. Worse still, it will likely encourage his followers to seek their own vengence in return.
As Ghandi, observed, the policy of 'an eye for an eye' eventually makes everyone blind.
I'll never understand why we play the game by the rules when we are fighting people who don't.
Um, because playing by the rules is the mark of a civilized people?
It is interesting that you invoke the Romans. Perhaps you might want to re-read your Roman history, and find out why their empire crumbled. Something to do with too many foreign mis-adventures, not enough money to pay for it all, and incompetent leadership. Does any of that sound even remotely familiar to you?
Good for him. He'll still be dead though. I'll take a dead martyr over a living murderer any day of the week.
I see. Well then, what kind of seeing eye dog would you like?
Scott Adams's Political Survey of Economists
CEOs, on the other hand, are more like coaches. They're a lot more in the trenches and actually make the decisions that carry significant consequences, good or bad. And while their answers will certainly be biased in the direction of their self interests, it's more likely that their self interest coincides with yours/ours.
In the trenches? I think your average CEO resides in an ivory tower every bit as removed from reality as a career academic.
Similarly, I do not believe that the CEO's self interest is particularly aligned with that of the staff. Most people have mortgages and bills to pay and have to plan for a future which revolves around meeting those financial commitments. CEO's are grossly overpaid and are evaluated based on the most recent quarterly earnings. Executive compensation packages tend to reward short-term behaviour, reflecting the reality that most CEO's are free agents recruited from outside the organization to achieve some goal. Without a history within the organization, or any long-term commitment to it, it is in the CEO's best interest to game the system for maximum short-term advantage and if that doesn't work out, there is always the golden parachute to look forward to.
This behaviour is closely aligned with the interests of the largest shareholders who are not typically long-term investors. I'm not so sure that the short and long-term interests of the staff are taken into account, but that's fair enough. CEO's are accountable to the shareholders - not the staff.