Saturday, 16 May 2015

Death Penalty For Boston Bomber

Convicted killer Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to die by lethal injection for his role in the 2013 Boston attack by the jury in Massachusetts and as one prosecuting lawyer put it: 'Justice has prevailed'. 
Has it? How does another death, in this case legalised murder by the state, make anything better because the tragic thing is that cutting short Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's life doesn´t bring back anybody killed that day or heal any of the injured, what it does do is fulfil the lust for revenge.
The logic of those baying for the death of the 21 year old is that he took a life so we must take his life, a case of two wrongs making a right but murder is murder whoever does it, whether it is a religious fanatic armed with pressure cooker bombs or someone inflicting a syringe of toxic poisons paid by the Government. 
The deterrent effect of Capital Punishment is obviously not a factor because there are still murders in the shrinking list of countries that continue to choose to kill their prisoners.
Why is ending their life early better than the alternative which is the killers sitting in his cell, slowly rotting and regretting everyday of his miserable life as they serves their punishment for their deeds.
Why let them rest in peace instead of living fearful and racked with remorse and hating everyday of their miserable incarcerated existence as their naturally allotted time on this planet slowly ebbs away as they quickly fade into oblivion.
I am sure some will argue that i would feel different if it was a member of my family we buried that day but then i am sure they would feel different if it was their son or daughter whose life was about to be taken.

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