jueves, noviembre 19, 2009

Capital Punishment

US President and Peace Nobel Prize Obama recently gave some human rights lessons in Chinese soil. More or less, around the same time he graciously conceded 9/11 only suspect should get death penalty.

Besides that fact that prejudging someone doesn't sound much of a Peace Nobel winner, Obama sticks to the fact that he profoundly unknows why Capital Punishment is so horrendous to civilized cultures.

It's not about how much horrible a crime may be. 'General criminals' should escape death penalty, while others, considered more criminal than the average criminals, like children or pregnant women killers, should get death.

Every crime is horrendous to its own conception. So opposition to death penalty is not about levels of evil. It's about victims.

Death penalty is basically a punishment to society. A comeback to barbaric times, a failure. Every time a criminal is executed, even when it's totally clear there’s not another mistake, all the society gets obliged to witness, becoming in turn punished itself. So, Obama assumption that "I don't think it will be offensive at all when he's convicted and when the death penalty is applied to him." is, in fact, very offensive.

There are many things that US President should address to reverse his current confusion on human rights, ethics and democracy. Guantanamo, Hiroshima and so many dark episodes of US history are awaiting.

We were absolutely clear on the shortcomings of his predecessor, and that's why it's so particularly disappointing to face them again in the wake of such high expectations as Obama raised around the world.