Thursday, April 20, 2006

The Super Christian Nation Comes in Fourth

What a statistic to be proud of. Not.
China, Iran, Saudi, US main executioners: Amnesty - Yahoo! News: "'The death penalty is the ultimate, irreversible denial of human rights, because it contravenes the essence of human values, it is often applied in a discriminatory manner, follows unfair trials or is applied for political reasons,' Amnesty International Secretary-General Irene Khan said in a statement.

At least 94 people were executed in Iran, 86 in Saudi Arabia and 60 in the United States.

'As the world continues to turn away from the use of the death penalty, it is a glaring anomaly that China, Saudi Arabia, Iran and the U.S. stand out for their extreme use of this form of punishment,' Khan said.

China has carried out executions by shooting or lethal injection, Saudi Arabia by beheading, Iran by hanging or stoning and the United States by electrocution or lethal injection, Amnesty said.

Amnesty said its figures were approximate because of secrecy surrounding the death penalty. China refuses to publish official statistics on executions while Vietnam has classified statistics on the death penalty as a 'state secret,' it said.

But the rights group said with the addition of Mexico and Liberia, 86 countries had now abolished the death penalty for all crimes, compared with 16 countries in 1977, it said.

In China, a person can be executed for as many as 68 crimes, including non-violent crimes such as tax fraud, embezzlement and drug offences, it said.

Amnesty said Iran was the only country it knew of that had executed juvenile offenders last year. The United States outlawed juvenile executions in March 2005."
What a stink that caused in this country. Kill. Kill. Age and lack of mental capacity are not important. We must kill to provide discipline and to prevent their crimes from ever happening again. That theory doesn't seem to work as well they might have hoped. It also doesn't bring "closure". The death penalty should be reserved for pedophilia. A country that would sentence Jeffrey Dahmer to a life term (shortened and enforced by inmates) but actively kill a 75 year old man just to prove a point and make less than ten people feel empowered, has a system that is deeply flawed and Americans should do their best to move themselves off of this list and find another way to solve our problems.

Like that is going to happen. If the Bushies have their way, we will lead China in secret executions in two years or less and the people will cheer. Stupidly not realizing that they are now targets. Welcome to Amurika. Land of the death penalty, maybe they can turn it into a video game and sicker people can hunt "murderers" for sport and feel like they are contributing to society.

Russian society, where you turn on your neighbors to save yourself. As if you are more special than the other 7 billion people who occupy the planet. The Rude Pundit shows just how close we are.

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