On capital punishment

I’m sure all of us have been drawn into this debate sometime or the other — is capital punishment any good? Does it help anyone? On the one hand you have these sick people committing these heinous crimes. And looking at the victims and the things that have been done to them, you can’t help but feel hatred and anger at these sick assholes, and you want them to die and suffer in hell (well, atleast I feel that way at times).

But then, we have seen several examples ([[http://story.news.yahoo.com/fc?cid=34&tmpl=fc&in=US&cat=Terrorism|9/11]] and the [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/asia_pacific/2002/bali/default.stm|Bali bombings]] are two examples) where the suspects have expressed pride in their doings, and infact have been more “inspired” and “fuelled” by the so-called deterrants that capital punishment aims to create. One can’t help but one wonder if its even possible to create deterrants for someone sick enough to mastermind and participate in such disgusting acts.

kuro5hin.org is running a [[http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2004/7/17/185/18073|very interesting article]] on capital punishment. I still have to sort out my own views on this, but my take is that there has to be capital punishment. Its kind of inevitable. We should be regulated in issuing it out though, but I don’t see any way around it. I mean its fine to sit here in front of my computer and talk about all this, because I’m fortunate enough to not have been at the receiving end of injustice. If I was one of the victims of these tragedies, its hard to say what I would do, but I certainly doubt I would settle for anything less than execution for the culprits!

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