Saturday, June 30, 2007

Why Accusers Should Face the Accused

We believe that those who are accused of misbehavior and marked for punishment have a right to face their accusers and defend themselves. But such face-to-face meetings have another benefit. It may be an accuser who intends to harm someone unjustly will be dissuaded from evil when he actually sees and speak with his intended victim. As Dean Koontz puts it in his latest novel The Good Guy:
"The name of a person marked for murder is just a name, but the face makes real the cost of violence. For if we have the nerve to look, we can see in any face our own vulnerability."

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