Now, as to your demand that I answer your question: I should just say no because the question was, once again, a cheap shot, an attempt to muddy an issue on which it has no bearing.
Your refusal to answer my question only shows who is muddying the waters with claptrap about cultural values, western mores, etc., etc.
This is a legal matter.
End of story.
Mr. Hinzman fears a legal repercussion of prosecutorial extremism in the form of capital punishment here in the US. It is a valid fear. Whether it comes in the form of a lethal injection or a guillotine, is not the point. The point here is his basic case for political refugee status.
I posted (reply#26) a calm and cogent set of observations that were very much on-target for this topic. You could have chosen to ignore them. You did not. You could have chosen to debate them. You did not. Instead you threw in a pair of theoreticals in an apparent effort to discredit me. One might wonder why.
I did debate them, but apparently you cannot fathom an argument in which your points are discredited.
As I stated earlier, your argument about legal prosecution versus persecution is a hopeless one, because many political refugees right here in the US are fleeing persecution masqueraded as legal prosecution in their home countries. Thus, the persecution versus prosecution distinction does not hold. What you perceive as a valid law, may be perceived by those who are unfairly subject to it as persecution. US cases at the federal district level and the appellate have stated as much because our judicial system recognizes the concept of an 'unfair' law. On, and if you are unaware of a Socratic argument, then thats your loss.
Oh, and while you're at it, try and have a discussion with someone without resorting to asinine labels. " Followed by:
"You come off as a rather sad bitter old man "
That was intentional.
Two can play at the same game.
Once you open the doors, you laid yourself out for the same caricature you apply to others.
You are supposed to be tolerant of us worthless, run-out old people.
Where did you get that idea from?
I have no tolerance for obnoxious behavior, irrespective of one's age. If you want deference, try one the LifeTime channel on TV
As far as my service record goes, that's not even an issue here. And, no, I do not intend to disclose its details on a public forum filled with people who are hell-bent on harassment outside this forum. I've been through that already. I only brought it up to show that I am fully conversant in the details of military legal issues. As far as I am concerned anyone irrespective of their background can comment on the issue of Mr. Hinzman's refugee status. Your active duty status at any time in your life does not put you in some exalted status by which you and you alone can comment.
Atheism is Myth Understood.