We have come upon a interesting podcast on our "friendly" rival ‘s site, the Opus. The podcast displays Italy’s stand on the death penalty after Saddam Hussein’s death. In protest, Italy illuminated the Coliseum—which is a gesture they use to praise or congratulate countries who have banned the death penalty.
So the critical question of this current event is should a country be able to choose to legalize the death penalty, OR should it be banned worldwide?
We agree with the Italian prime minister, Romano Prodi when he said, "No crime can justify on one person killing another." Two wrongs don’t make a right. Also, not all countries have a law against cruel and unusual punishment. Finally, there could also be false accusations where accidents occur in courts and innocent people are blamed for a crime.
But there has to be a way to protect a country’s citizens from "bad guys." If you don’t have the death penalty, in what ways do you punish criminals who pose as a threat?
Leave your comment and share your thinking.
Piglet, Pooh Bear, The Hamster and Melvin the Chicken Hunter
(Image retrieved from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6238131.stm on January 24, 2007)