Thread: death penalty
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Old May 27 2013, 02:15 AM   #38
Re: death penalty

Unicron wrote: View Post
I'm generally not in favor of it, although there are a few rare cases where I can see it being arguably warranted (the Nuremberg trials and Saddam Hussein being two examples). I think life without parole is ideal for most crimes.
I wouldn't necessarily mind the death penalty for war crimes either but I think that the ICC solution is better. I also think that getting executed can make you a martyr in the eyes of your political fans whereas rotting in prison is not so glorious.
Let's also not ignore the implications of 'death penalty for war criminals': If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged. I am not a fan of Chomsky but here he is correct.
The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer. - former US Secretary of State and unconvicted war criminal Henry Kissinger
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