02 December 2005
Why are criminals executed? To deter offenders with fear of death? To serve justice? To avenge the victims? To avoid/mitigate the cost of imprisonment? All of these reasons are deficient on their own, but collectively they make execution seem "the right thing to do". It's never the right thing my friends.
The 1000th execution [since it was reinstated] in the US, occurred yesterday in North Carolina. How many of us can name the person who was killed by lethal injection? Not many I'm sure. He was Kenneth Boyd, 57.
In Singapore, a drug smuggler from Australia was hanged this morning, for trying to transport about a pound of heroin back in 2002. Read the story and you might find it as repulsive as I did. As if the movie Midnight Express wasn't a good enough example of how NOT to win friends and influence people, Singapore ignored the pleas from Australia for clemency. Those responsible for this young man's death- you sicken me. The name of the executed Australian: Tuong Van Nguyen, age 25. To his family I express my sincere condolences. Cheers to Australia for taking the diplomatic gloves off and calling the execution "barbaric". I heartily agree.
Posted by IMA at 12/02/2005