Death Penalty

December 30, 2006

It is a shame that in the XXIth century there still exist people that see the death penalty as a capital punishment, when in most cases it might serve as a relief to those punished, and in all cases a relief to those who condemn them. I am not meaning in the latter case to those who do the work of trying them, but those who have legislated to that end.

In effect, I am of the opinion that in the Middle Ages they had a more practical sense of punishment when they put convicted to the stocks in a public exhibition of their faults. Conversely the still running custom in particular countries of cutting robbers’ hands make them a burden for the society, something that shoud also be discontinued because it attempts against the human rights, as does the death penalty.

Those condemned to death do, in my opinion, thank their executioners for relieving them of their anguish, well perhaps not all of them because some believe they have done no harm and others are really innocent victims of judicial mistakes.

How many times have we read that a person who has been executed was proved after years innocent of the crimes they had been sentenced for? Incredibly and apparently the U.S. of A. has a record in this connection of people whose execution could be blamed on the system. That is the system can legally be accused of homicide, because those deaths can be attributed to neglectful circumstances. In that case you may imagine how many persons could be sentenced to death because of those mistakes, what with Judges, police, lawyers, etc.

On the other hand a state is always responsible for the education of its population, it is written in most constitutions, although in most cases this responsibility is assigned to parents for natural reasons. The death of a convict is somewhat the blame of the state and it is the state that should take the steps necessary to correct this anomaly.

In most civilised countries the death penalty has been rightly abolished. There is always a chance for those who commit even an abominable crime to learn that they were going through a wrong path. I am much afraid, though, that all of this is limited to good intentions and that real solutions are not applied to the persons involved in that process.

A full scheme to redress the system should be put into place and psychiatrists and psychologists employed in implementing it. Its cost will always be lower than having a non-repentant criminal free and walking among us.

The human mind, on the other hand, is not easily understood and there exist many kinds of murderers. Those who do it on an impulse, those whose mental faculties are alienated and those who are evil. We know that the law deals – or ought to deal – with the three in a proportionate way.

What is not proportionate is the kind of sentence applied. Terms of imprisonment should be proportionate to the crime committed, and those who belong to the third group I give above should be kept in jail for life.

As I say above a country is responsible for them, it cannot shake off this responsibility by simply killing them, it must pay its share of the guilt as well.

My opinion as always.


3 Responses to “Death Penalty”

  1. Antibush said

    Bush goes ballistic about other countries being evil and dangerous, because they have weapons of mass destruction. But, he insists on building up even a more deadly supply of nuclear arms right here in the US. What do you think? How does that work in a democracy again? How does being more threatening make us more likeable?Isn’t the country with
    the most weapons the biggest threat to the rest of the world? When one country is the biggest threat to the rest of the world, isn’t that likely to be the most hated country?
    What happened to us, people? When did we become such lemmings?
    The more people that the government puts in jails, the safer we are told to think we are. The real terrorists are wherever they are, but they aren’t living in a country with bars on the windows. We are.

  2. Jose said

    Bush has become a very dangerous leader, one of the worst the US has had. His dictatorial ambitions are ruining your great country, Antibush, and his stance for the death penalty is infamous.

    But don’t forget someone who has been at his side from the very beginning of it all : Dick Cheney, the grey eminence of Bush’s dominance, the real brains who control Bush, who all of a sudden has come up to the stage to try to defend the indefensible.

    Watch Cheney, too. Worth doing. Both he and Bush have brought death to hundreds of thousands of people.

    There was a German Nazi who was dubbed the Angel of Death, the title may be easily given to Bush and Cheney.

    I see you are not a lemming because you have not been dragged on to the dangerous stream of your administration bellicosity, and like you there are millions of Americans. I have many American friends and I can tell you you are not alone in your protest.

    I am confident there’ll be a bright light at the end of the tunnel.

  3. christianzionismexposed said

    The United States is a high tech stone-age country.

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