Of course! Generally assuming the ability and resources were there to properly carry out justice, one must consider what would be right to do in a case where the means are not available to carry out ideal justice! The comment offered by George, Lord Halifax, which I cite from the Harper Book of Quotations, says: “Men are not hanged for stealing horses, but that horses may not be stolen.”
[Of course! You have a confirmed thief among you and you have no means of constraining him or monitoring him or making him pay restitution (two horses for the one he stole?). What do you do to protect your property (your life)? Nothing to it but to terminate him!]
Those westerners were not so hard or wild after all! Just did what they had to do.
Hmm. It is important to have justice carried out by those in power so that the people do not have to resort to it themselves by any means necessary.
15 November, 2022
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