I think it goes without saying that pedophilia is among the worst crimes one can commit. But if Abu Graib taught us anything it’s that even some of the worst criminal offenders still deserve to be treated with some compassion. And the 20th century, more than any before it, showed us what societies are capable of when they start to dehumanize others.
Prime Minister Donald Tusk said late last year he wanted obligatory castration for pedophiles, whom he branded ‘degenerates’. Tusk said he did not believe “one can use the term ‘human’ for such individuals, such creatures.”
Where do we draw the line? And how far is going too far in punishing criminals in the name of security? These are not easy questions. This theme has always interested me. In fact, I’m touching on it in a screenplay I’m writing.
I’d think Poland, of all places, would understand the terrible consequences of regarding a group of people as not human or less than human.