> The karma in this case seems rather disproportional. Yeah, what they did was horrible, but death, esp such an ugly death, seems a bit out of balance.
Looking at all the comments here (someone even quoted Jesus!), remember, this isn't a binary solution set. We don't know what these guys were like. They may have been dumb mules who were ordered by a drug cartel to steal the truck (and said cartel is essentially holding their families hostage). Or, they just be really bad people. We don't know.
I will share this true story: guy I knew, worked at a convenient store back in Southern Pines, NC, when I was living there. It was just down the street from WIOZ-FM, which I was maintaining at the time. Nice kid, always had a smile when I'd stop by for my midnight coffee or Gatorade.
A punk comes into the store, points a gun, says, "gimme the money." The guy does as he was instructed: thank the Lord, the bosses had told him not to be a hero. Just give them the money, let the bad guys leave, then call the cops.
The guy gives the robber the money ... and the robber shoots him in the face. Out of pure meanness and spite. (They had surveillance cameras.) This poor kid spent months in rehab and will never be the same.
Now ... this might not be very Christian of me, but just being honest: if that robber had met a bad end on his way from that convenience store, I'm not sure if I would have felt a lot of sympathy for him.
Just being honest.