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Hay America! 
13th-Mar-2006 10:19 pm
Human rights!

Get with the program, yea?
13th-Mar-2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
*will have to agree*
13th-Mar-2006 10:04 pm (UTC)
lol, so why is America any different than the rest of the world when it comes to Human Rights? I think we should be shouting "HEY WORLD...."

13th-Mar-2006 10:20 pm (UTC)
Well right now I was thinking about Capital Punishment, but there is so much more. Police violence, Guantanamo Bay...the American prison system is terrible (allthough it's not the only western country with a terrible prison system, i'll agree to that)

It's just.....totally unbelievable to me that you still have the death penalty over there. It is horrible! How anyone can claim the right of taking someone else's life? And what makes it all so much sadder is that so much research shows that it only breeds more violence.

Many times the convict turns out not to be guilty after all. What do you say to that? Oops?
13th-Mar-2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
hey, i hate the death penalty just as much as the next person, but i'm just saying we should work together as a whole to solve all the world's human rights problems rather than just blaming one region of the world.
13th-Mar-2006 10:32 pm (UTC)

Hehe no but seriously, in this case there isn't really anyone in the same situation as the US. Which other Western Democracy still has the Death Penalty? Aren't we supposed to be the ones who stand as a good example? Even Turkey has abolished executions now.
13th-Mar-2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
Actually, even Lebanon doesn't have a death penalty, and i don't think it ever has.lol. I guess you're right, America is quite behind.
13th-Mar-2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
and that's exactly why the west shouldn't be considered a good example because every society and/or region has its pros and cons.
14th-Mar-2006 01:23 pm (UTC)
I like that one! ^^
18th-Mar-2006 03:38 am (UTC)
awww, gee thanks! I love you! Feel free to quote me anytime! hehe
17th-Mar-2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
well we know my feelings on the death penalty...since we can't implement in a way that is fool-proof (and what system ever is?), we shouldn't do it. that and i like to disagree with you on occasion, if only to be the sole pain in your ass on your blog :)

...so the real question is "what is the balance?" Is it sweden's model? where killers get like 10-25 years in prison, no matter how greusome or depraved the act? Like the guy who just killed his girlfriend, chopped her up and dumped the remains into a icy river because she threatened to take the kids and go live in Finland?


He couldn't be bothered to care about the life of the woman who beared his children, much less the consequences of his actions to his kids. But it's Sweden, so he'll get his 10-25 years, come out of prison and into society, and let's hope he doesn't get a new girlfriend who makes him upset or says unsoothing words. Let's hope he uses that prison time to become a better person instead of one of the large number of former prisoners who are repeat offenders.

I think most people really do have a sliding moral scale on this. I have spoken to a lot of people who are anti-death penalty, but somehow miraculously couldn't have imagined any other punishment that would have been more "deserving" for the Hilters, Pol Pots, and other people of the world. In fact, I find with people it's really a matter of numbers. The more people that a person kills, the more the death penalty seems to be "tolerable".

I can't be anti-death penalty. But not because I am an American. It has more to do with my very personal belief that a person so disrespects life that they would take others should not feel entitled to their own.

But rather than fight the death penalty, I remain discouraged by a system that fails to help people adequately before they get into trouble. If we did that globally, then the death penalty would truly be inhumane.
14th-Mar-2006 02:30 am (UTC)
Hear, Hear!!!!!

:: Waves her Amnesty International flag ::

:-) :-) :-)