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Let the Nazi live or kill him?

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Let the Nazi live or kill him?

Post by Divia » Wed July 18th, 2012, 5:54 am

I found this article from yahoo very interesting. Its about a 97 year old nazi who was convicted of war crimes. They say he was "sadistic" but from reading the article though they fail to provide information. Anyway, so he's on the run again and the question is do ya kill him or just let the old guy be. I mean he's 97.

I honestly dont know what to think. I can see both sides of the argument.

Thoughts?


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Post by Mythica » Wed July 18th, 2012, 10:30 am

Why should there be a statute of limitation on war crimes? So what if he's 97? He should pay for his crimes just like anyone else.

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Wed July 18th, 2012, 12:42 pm

I made the mistake of reading some of the user comments on that article. I should know better by now what sort of despicable dross gets vented in such commentary.

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Wed July 18th, 2012, 1:53 pm

I'm with Mythica. If he has already been tried and convicted, then being a successful at escaping for that many years shouldn't change things. The fact that he's old shouldn't change the sentence--that would make a mockery of justice, which his entire lifetime has already done.

In fact, it makes the sentence rather mild, since at this point it takes only months from his life, while he took decades and future generations from the people he helped murder.

Mild, but not pointless.

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Post by Ash » Wed July 18th, 2012, 3:34 pm

My mother and father lost grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins to the Germans. Every Rosh Hashanah, my mother would light a Yarziet (memorial) candle to them. I have continued the tradition and every year I think about the horrible senseless loss that the Nazis perpetuated. I don't care if this guy is 100. He has been free for way too long. Arrest and imprisionment of this monster is the only possible justice for those innocents murdered.

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Post by Misfit » Wed July 18th, 2012, 5:12 pm

[quote=""sweetpotatoboy""]I made the mistake of reading some of the user comments on that article. I should know better by now what sort of despicable dross gets vented in such commentary.[/quote]

Thanks, I will avoid the comments.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Wed July 18th, 2012, 5:16 pm

Yes, I totally agree, age be damned, he needs to pay!

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Post by Divia » Wed July 18th, 2012, 7:19 pm

I'm unsure how he was able to hide for so long. And it doesnt sound like he was really hiding. Its weird. Did authorities know? And the fact that he is 97 and ducked the law again is troublesome.


He's either one crafty dude or the police over there suck and couldn't find a criminal in a prison.
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Imprison him

Post by DanielAWillis » Wed July 18th, 2012, 8:37 pm

I could not tell from the original post if he had been sentenced to death, but I would say arrest him and put him is a particularly nasty prison.

At the age of 97, execution would only give him relief.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Wed July 18th, 2012, 9:01 pm

[quote=""DanielAWillis""]

At the age of 97, execution would only give him relief.[/quote]
That all depends on what happens afterwards, doesn't it?

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