US Ranks Fifth in Executions in World
LONDON (April 15) – China executed more people than any other country in the world last year by putting at least 470 people to death, but the number of executions in the country actually fell by more than half compared to the year before, Amnesty International said. Read Full Story by Kelvin Chan, AP.
The Beef ….
The first thing that came to mind when seeing this article was that the Pro Life activists would be dismayed that we’re not more concerned about the abortion rate. But I’ll leave that thought behind for now, and focus on the snuffed out lives for those that most likely deserved it. I say most likely, because there is always a percentage that were wrongly convicted. And others that are probably more deserving of the death penalty, escape on a technicality. And there lies my dilemma, my beef is not so much whether the death penalty is proper justice, but whether we’re getting it right, and whether its even possible to get it right. Like everything else that involves human judgment, we have a fairly high tendency to screw it up. Even worse when these decisions are being made under the powerful influences of politics, special interest groups, corruption, etc. I don’t envy those that are involved in this process, its a part of humanity, or inhumanity that you wish you could just sweep under the rug. But one liberating thought is that the in United States, unlike the other countries in the top 5, we’re not affraid to bring it into the light.
Thanks for the read .. Stevo.