November 25th, 2009

benpeek

Death Penalty Limits

Do you remember the milk scandal in China round the time of the Olympics?

If not, it was that melamine was added to the milk to fake the protein levels, and which resulted in the deaths of six children, and thousands of babies becoming ill. Well, this morning, as an end of the story, I guess, two of the men involved were executed. Sky News claims they were shot by a firing squad, but I read elsewhere that lethal injection was used. Either way, the Chinese Government had the two men killed. The highest ranking executive in the whole thing, however, a sixty six year old woman, was spared this by coping an earlier plea, and ended up with a life sentence. It probably doesn't take too much of a distrustful mind to argue that she's skated out of the execution by having friends.

However, what struck me as I was reading this, was really how much I can't support the death penalty. I mean, here are some folk who were greedy and stupid and had thousands of kids get sick, and six even die. It's a pretty awful thing. I'm not going to tell you it isn't.

But.

But, a year and a half later, the government killing the people involved... It's just not something I can get behind. Maybe it's a fault in me, I'm not sure, but I've yet to see or read or experience anything that I thought the death penalty was a suitable response.

(crossposted)