Sunday, July 10, 2016
MICAH XAVIER JOHNSON BLOWN TO SMITHEREENS, AN ONLY OPTION?
Icheoku says when is a force too excessive or does it not matter if the person at the receiving end of the force is considered to be a society's pariah and deserving of any amount of deadly force whatsoever to put him out of commission? Does the gravity of the person's action, somewhat justifies whatever amount of deadly force that was deployed to take him out and end whatever disruption he was causing? If it was not right for an individual to explode an IED on a society; why is it then proper or acceptable for the government to explode and kill an individual with an IED?
What message was sent by the government when they decided to blow the Dallas shooter to smithereens, especially in this day and age when terrorists' bombings is saturating the airwaves and people are overly conscious and afraid of such bombings going off. Why use bomb when there are so many other less explosive deadly force alternative that could have been first deployed and which are very effective? Even drones could have been deployed to stagger him and force him out. Why such an excessive use of brute force, bombing; to terminate a man's life who was already cornered and who could have been waited down until he finally breaks down and surrenders. But no, he killed police men and hence his life has to be summarily terminated.
Icheoku says such a tit for tat can only make any would be future actor more vicious, knowing fully well that the end will not be kosher but violently reached. Query, did the Dallas police authorities act too quickly to bring the standoff to an abrupt terrible end? Was their action a result of their jittery and the need to bring the situation under control fast and without prolonging what proved to be a very bloody violent day in Dallas. Icheoku does not know the answer to some of these posed questions, but believes that other less violent ways would have been first deployed and used to end the standoff. The government must not be seen as being pharisaic in his method; preaching no terrorism and acting like terrorists. Why kill an American with a bomb and right here inside America? It does not make sense and it is very callous.
Instances abound where holdout individuals have been waited out for days until they are worn down and out. Instances abound where such individuals were swarmed by police dogs and then overpowered by officers and arrested to face trial? Instances abound where such individuals were bombed with tear gas and pepper spray, their hold out so saturated with gaseous irritants that they had no choice but to crawl out with their hands in the air? Instances abound where such people had negotiators talk them down and out, negotiations which sometimes last for several hours and days? Instances abound where such people were stunned by flash bang grenades to put them temporarily out of their mind while the police swarm them and arrest them? Why did the police not try to smoke him out of his hold up or even start a fire to force him out? But no; they did not try hard enough to arrest him nor did they even want to take him alive? They had to end it quickly and it has to be through bombing him to pieces with a C4?
Icheoku says what is done is done but certainly it looks too excessive a force as other less lethal or less devastating options were not first fully explored before the robot bearing the deadly payload crawled into his hold up area and the rest became history. Anyway, Micah Xavier Johnson is dead, bombed to pieces after killing five police officers and wounding seven. His death did not a thing solve and instead, has now cemented his name in history and future generations will hear and read about him; how he single handedly held Dallas hostage and caused so much panic within its police community. That he alone acted out the mayhem is also something to ponder about because he set a new precedent that just one person is capable of causing such grievous harm and damage. It is quite unfortunate that these five police officers have to die due to the provocations of other police officers, many of whom are thousands of miles away from Dallas.
Icheoku prays that the situation, especially the underlying conditions festering such lack of trust and hatred between some communities and the police, could be brought under control. If the fallout from the Dallas executions succeeded in stopping more of the Minnesota and Baton Rouge incidents, as well as several hundreds others which take place throughout America, then those officers did not die in vain. But should the nation and the police later revert to the same statuesque ante, then we as a people did not or rather failed to learn a thing from the ugliness of the Dallas shooting. Once again, Icheoku prays for the repose of all the souls lost in Dallas - the five police officers, the shooter that was blown to pieces; as well as the two black men from Baton Rouge and Minnesota whose deaths probably pushed the Dallas shooter over the edge. Adieu.