Impunity

Impunity[1]

I wonder what the linguistic relationship is between the concepts of impunity and immunity.  Are they similar but for the nature of their emotive charges, like calcification and crystallization?

Justice has become a much more elusive concept of late.  Not that it was ever very clear.  Equal justice under law has always been a mere slogan, like human rights, living somewhere between propaganda and aspiration.  But what is clear is that no one prosecuted anywhere in the world for human rights violations has access to justice when impunity exists for the favored, and sadly, the favored few in that regard have become the favored many.

Impunity, such a little word; but like cancer it packs terribly destructive force, totally and completely undermining legitimacy in everything it touches: the American dream, Jewish moral leadership, liberation philosophy.

Can it be that impunity is the root of the world’s socio-politico-economic problems?

Is there any hope at all for a solution?


[1] © Guillermo Calvo Mahé; Manizales, 2010; all rights reserved

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