Blood Money

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The CIA hit man who shot and killed two Pakistanis, and was responsible for the automobile homicide of another, has been let off after the US paid “blood money” to the families of the bereaved. “Diyya” or blood money is a provision in Sharia law. Ancient German and Anglo-Saxon law had such provisions as well. Let’s compare. In the US, the family of a murdered man is not compensated; rather, they are taxed to help maintain the killer in an outpost of the very expensive prison-industrial complex. In Pakistan, the survivors have the choice of seeking compensation rather than punishment. Widows and children will then not be left destitute. Now which is more civilized?

8:56 am on March 16, 2011