Monday, March 13, 2006

Death penalty, II

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind - Mahatma Gandhi
I talked to some 9th graders about my correspondence with past Mr. Alan Jeffrey Bannister and several things related to death penalty in general today. I made several references to two documentaries Mr. Bannister is on: The Execution Protocol and Raising Hell: Life of Alan Bannister by Stephen Trobley. In addition to these documentaries I talked about Mr. Bannister's book Shall Suffer Death and I passed it on for the students to view and to read. Anyone interested in the case and death penalty in general is strongly recommended to get these pieces in their hands.


Blogger Alan Cabal said...

While I am by no means a pacifist, I do have serious issues with state-sponsored executions. Here in the USA, quite a number of states have capital punishment as an option. My concern with it is twofold: human justice being what it is, it is inevitable that a society enforcing a death penalty will eventually kill an innocent person, and further, human corruption being as pervasive and persistent as depleted uranium, the guilty will go free.

Of course, the USA is hardly a role model for any society striving toward civilization. We don't even observe the Nuremberg protocols. It's beyond embarassing.

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