Friday, February 27, 2004

Justice for a Mass Murderer

via NGD via Pandagon, I learn that Shoko Asahara will actually get his just deserts. This increases my already considerable respect for Japan. The U.S. seems to execute so many people in such a haphazard fashion that it is apparently inevitable that we have killed and will continue to kill innocent people. On the other hand, many European nations apparently wouldn't even execute Hitler if he turned up. Between these two baffling extremes, Japan seems to get it approximately right. If there is no doubt that the accused is guilty and his crime is sufficiently heinous, then a proper respect for humanity demands the death penalty. Asahara richly deserves his fate.

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