07-Dec-2011, 09:10 PM
(05-Dec-2011, 04:22 PM)Lije Wrote:Anyway in a nutshell, IMO if the convict is convicted of a crime of horrific proportions and with deliberate intent while sane, he deserves capital punishment. That is more humane than doling out say, 70 life sentences.(04-Dec-2011, 03:12 PM)RascarCapac Wrote: Kasab deserves to die. Not because of a sense of retribution, but you have to understand that there are people in this world who see mercy as weakness. Kasab is a pawn in the war between civilization and barbarism. Barbarism must be fought with all means possible, but not mercy.
Justifying capital punishment because some will see "mercy" as a sign of weakness sounds silly. It is a false dichotomy. It reminds me of movies where the "hero" loses his "manliness" because he shaves off his mustache.
Also, there is room for a nuanced discussion on capital punishment without derailing it with talk about clash of civilization and barbarism.
Since this is basically terrorism, it does boil down to barbarism vs. civilization.
Curious, but is there a moral equivalence between war and capital punishment by the state?