Do the crime, serve the country

Instead of sending them to prison or giving them light sentences, these people should be drafted into the army and sent overseas for peacekeeping missions.

Perhaps one of the reasons why the Stanley Cup rioters have not yet been charged is because of lack of prison space. Our jails are crowded.

This is the time to think outside the box, indeed outside of B.C.

This is what I suggest:

Identify the rioters, vandals and looters through whatever means possible.

Instead of sending them to prison or giving them light sentences, these people should be drafted into the army and sent overseas for peacekeeping missions.

The advantages of my proposal are as follows:

Firstly, it gets rid of hoodlums from society for a period of time.

Secondly, they will be disciplined in the army, as they have to follow a strict regimen.

Thirdly, by seeing how the other half lives, they will learn to appreciate what they have at home when (and if) they return.

Fourthly, they can vent their frustrations at the enemy, instead of at their fellow citizens.

Fifthly, they will learn valuable skills that can become useful when they return (e.g. CPR, driving, cooking, etc.).

Sixthly, since they are returning veterans, they would be entitled to the benefits that veterans enjoy.

But most importantly, this would be a major deterrent to any future would-be rioter, vandal or hoodlum, as, when they are caught, they would be away from their homes and loved ones for a period of time and would be forced to serve under harsh conditions.

Anything else simply does not make sense.

 

M. Hajee

Surrey North Delta Leader

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Dubai-based company buys Fraser Surrey Docks

Company also has ports and terminals in Vancouver, Nanaimo, Prince Rupert

Surrey Police to work with integrated teams during transition from RCMP

Terry Waterhouse says new police force will ‘collaborate’ with RCMP to maintain continuity of investigations

Solicitor General has ‘no illusions’ about acrimony over Surrey’s police transition

Farnworth wants report released to public ‘a week this coming Tuesday’

Surrey councillors ‘very disappointed’ as B.C. gives final approval of city police force

Meantime, Safe Surrey Councillor Allison Patton says she can ‘breath a sigh of relief’

Delta Hockey Academy wins WHL U.S. Challenge Cup

Canadian youth teams dominated the inaugural tournament last weekend in Kent, Wash.

Fashion Fridays: Tammy’s big makeover

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Clothing, jewelry, purses: RCMP ask court about disposal of evidence in Robert Pickton case

Pickton was sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 25 years for the murders of six women

Ryan nets hat trick in return as Senators beat Canucks 5-2

Ottawa winger received assistance for admitted alcohol problem

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs meet with provincial, federal ministers

Neither party speaking on the groundwork laid for tomorrow’s talks

MPs to examine privacy implications of facial-recognition technology used by RCMP

The MPs will look at how the technology affects the privacy, security and safety of children

Dates back to 2009: Calgary police lay charges in fraud involving semi-trucks

Three people from Calgary are facing charges that include fraud over $5,000

Aspiring entrepreneurs invited to pitch ideas at Dragons’ Den auditions

Abbotsford and Vancouver the only Lower Mainland try-out locations

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs optimistic ahead of talks with feds, province

Discussions with provincial and federal governments expected to start later today

Most Read