I was horrified, saddened, and infuriated when I first read the account of what happened to Lee Rigby, a young British soldier, at the hands of two Muslim extremists.
I still am.
As a retired Master Sergeant, I am somewhat enured to the death of a soldier. It’s an accepted hazard of the job. Lee Rigby served in dangerous places where death would not be unexpected. However, Lee was not killed in Afghanistan or Iraq but on the streets of London.
Lee was walking down a city street when he was intentionally hit by a car driven by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale. Lee was stunned and unable to defend himself as these two self-styled warriors for Allah began stabbing the unarmed and injured soldier to death in broad daylight.
They attempted to hack off his head in front of a crowd and posed for pictures.
They were just sentenced to life in prison. One of them may be released after 45 years.
These two get to live. They get to have meals and be treated humanely. For years.
Maybe this is the right thing.
But right now I’m horrified, saddened, and infuriated.