I firmly believe that state sponsored murder is an anachronism in this day and age.
The officially sanctioned murder of an individual debases society and humanity.
I'm not a liberal by any means, but two wrongs don't make a right.
On a conspiracy discussion board, where mistrust of the government is rife, there are people who are perfectly willing to accept this murder, simply
because the biblical "eye for an eye" mentality is ingrained in their society.
There are many examples of mentally ill people being executed - but because a lot of the people in the judicial system have political aspirations, the
state sponsored murder continues in order to impress upon the electorate that they are tough on crime
And this is a major problem - state sponsored murder is politically motivated - it is not for the good of the people,it is not a deterrent, it is for
the good of those who wish to be elected into office.
There are also many examples of botched executions, perhaps the cruelest punishment in the western world - not only is the condemned living every day
with a death sentence as appeals are thrown out for political credit, when they are taken for execution, there remains the chance that they will die a
brutal agonising death.
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I hear the cries of, "this is what they did to their victims, so they deserve it".
But in condemning someone to a brutal death, exacerbated by the mental torture of years on death row, we bring ourselves down to the level of the
criminal - only societies crime is worse, because we have the capacity to stop the murder - and the state is worse still, because they do it for their
Nowhere else in the western world uses the death penalty except the USA.
The USA has one of the highest execution rates in the world.
The USA lags behind many African, South American, Middle Eastern and Far East countries in it's judicial process of execution i.e. it executes far
Is this how the USA wants to be viewed by the rest of the world?
The report, 'The death penalty worldwide: developments in 2006', shows that at least
1,591 people were executed in 25 countries last year - the overwhelming majority in China (1,010), Iran (177), Pakistan (82), Iraq (65), Sudan (65)
and the USA (53). These six countries alone accounted for 91% of all executions carried out in 2006.
The USA purports to be a civilized country, yet carries out more executions than all except 5 other nations.
The time for this kind of frontier justice has passed - it's time now for the death penalty to be abolished, because it is inhumane, it debases
society, ti does nothing as a deterrent and it has become a political tool used to exploit the emotional nature of humans in seeking retribution
rather than justice.