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The extremity of his opposition was evident from his

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Unformatted text preview: the Nigerian government’s execution of Saro ­Wiwa. As I have mentioned earlier, capital punishment agendas aside, this action cannot be condemned or condoned without first evaluating and determining whether or not Saro ­Wiwa was or was not instrumental in the ordering of the murders he was executed for. Making this determination has been made impossible both by the unrest that occurred around his sentence, a sentence that would not typically be disputed if it were believed to be rooted in truth, and by Boatright’s description of the jury as a “kangaroo court”. Another consideration highlighting the inconclusiveness of Saro ­Wiwa’s involvement in the murders, which may actually suggest that he was indeed involved, which is contrary to the apparent popular position, is that he was very strongly opposed to any sort of compliance with the Nigerian government. The extremity of his opposition was evident from his disagreement with MOSOP’s proposed cooperation with the Nigerian government; an issue that created division amongst the leadership of MOSOP, an organization of which Saro ­Wiwa was a founder. As a result of this last consideration I do not think, even considering his previous nonviolent position, that he can be ruled out of involvement, in fact, I would go as far as to suggest that the position he was in during the murders would make him a very likely suspect. Deontologically, the Nigerian government’s action, regarding their handling of the murders, were, depending of course on the validity of their judiciary conviction, condonable, in so far as criminal punishment is one of the primary responsibilities of a government. However, because of the inconclusive nature of the crime I believe the Nigerian government’s action of executing Saro ­ Wiwa is neither condonable nor condemnable. In our ethical evaluation we must approach the Royal Dutch/Shell Corporation differently than the moral agents previously conside...
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This document was uploaded on 03/12/2014 for the course REL 228 at DePaul.

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