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Is revenge ever justified?

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Visitor Comments: 12

(12) Paul Klein, July 27, 2008 11:26 AM

Vengeance for the future

Vengeance dictated by rage hurts the avenger but when it is applied to prevent future injury by eliminating or discouraging a known source seems prudent to me.

(11) Channah, July 27, 2008 3:49 AM

Not vengeance, consequence

Those who commit serious wrongdoings should feel the consequences of their actions - but not by the hands of those they've personally wronged. The need to be vengeful can consume a person to a point at which their true motives are clouded, so that the punishment should be dealt by someone with a clear perspective on justice who is able to ordain cause and effect, without the erosion of character and spreading of hate that often occurs when the vengeful take charge. In that sense, no, vengeance for it's own sake is not justified.

(10) Anonymous, July 26, 2008 10:53 PM

Justice, not vengeance

It is the responsibility of all peoples to see that justice is done. Vengeance does nothing but further scar the one who partakes of it.

(9) Paladin, July 23, 2008 5:18 AM

Vengence not in itself wrong.

"Vengence is mine, I shall repay is the utterance of the Lord". Scripture itself shows that at times, under the right circumstances vengence may be the proper course. Is it obsession, revenge or justice when the Mossad hunts down terrorists and kills them years after the crimes they commited? Is it obsession when you hear of some former concentration camp guard being caught 60 years after the war and being procecuted for their crime? Some crimes that occured in this country during the civil rights era are just now being closed. What drives the people who pursue these criminals? Obsession, vengence or a sense of justice? At what point should one just let it go and get over it? In the utopia that many people today desire, everyone will just get along if we leave each other alone. The problem is, that the express purpose of terrorists, like the Joker in the movie, is simply to "see the world burn", to kill as many people not of their faith and belief as possible and destroy what they see as a corrupt world. There can be no negotiaton with someone who simply wants you off the face of the earth. No compromise, no appeasement. So, do we just keep giving in and hoping that they will change, or like the schoolyard bully, do you punch him in the nose and make him respect you. Eventually, evil and all those who pratice it will be destroyed, but in the meantime, how many innocents should be allowed to die, in hopes of appeasing those bent on destroying our way of life? Hard questions which will need difficult solutions.

(8) Anonymous, July 22, 2008 4:24 PM

"Revenge is sweeter than honey". But it is not a character trait we should display. Not if you belive that everything that happeens to you is from Hashem.

Distroying Amalek is not revenge, it is the distruction of evil as dictated by Hashem.

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