Glad you decided to take place in a debate of ideas. It is obvious that our generations and our nations think differently, but as KathyP said, we have the interesting SUB-DIVISION (so invisible to most it is only a "welcome to a different state sign) on the highway. States have individual law on issues that the Federal Government has chosen are worthy of non-intervention.
Whether a criminal dies is surely one of them, it can differ greatly from state to state even the time served for nearly every crime. But ASK SADDAM how FOOLISH his trial was, oppps you can't cause the murdering dirt-bad is dead and now buried where hopefully the Hands of Hell reach-up and drag him through a thousand miles of rock to the fires of eternity.
KEN: Stoning or Nerve (Mustard I think was one of his favorites - Carin just had too short a shelf life for Saddam) would have been a good alternative too. May Jorn is right, since the trial was a joke, release him to the people and let them decide - if he lives, we pull out today, if he's dead in about 4 seconds, we stay this miserable but hopefully waning battle against the evil Saddam en-stowed into so many in his land.
I'm sickened Jorn, and grab your barf (vomit) bag that we HAVE the DEATH PENALTY in my state of NEW JERSEY but No one has been executed since 1963, although a statute reinstating capital punishment for murder has been in force since 1982. Historically, at least 361 people were executed by the state between the execution of a slave named Tom for rape in 1690 and the execution of Ralph Hudson for murder on January 22, 1963. But since the reinstatement 43 years ago, NOT ONE PERSON has died (except of old age) on New Jersey Death Rows. That sickens me to think that the most hideous of humans, the beasts who kill and destroy life's with no remorse are getting three square meals, continuous medical care and NEVER having to worry about when THEIR time is up. Yep, it sickens me.
Sorry you think I am barbaric, but I'll add one thing else to what Kathy mentioned, if anyone ever hurt my family, I'd spend every penny I have to bring that low-life to SELF JUSTICE, I promise he would be begging for the police. I'll not get too graphic on this, except to say - we give police EXTRODINARY RIGHTS, they carry weapons with the right to use them as necessary, they can speed to catch criminals, and exceed the law in many ways (all the while working within a tight restraint of rules that would boggle the minds of ordinary people) and these police are at the front line of a very long process that hopefully puts the right person behind bars and dishes to them WHATEVER the land of the laws is to its extreme.
I have faith in that system, most of us do - when I see a police car, I feel safe, not scared. If I am pulled over, I turn off my engine, place my car in park, put my hands on my steering wheel and wait for instructions. It is called being a smart citizen. When someone runs from the police, the have now began a voyage of unimaginable end - what happen to them is great determined by how stupid they are.
Good people rarely see the death penalty Jorn, even the bad ones rarely do - but for every bad one that dies, there are THOUSANDS on death row waiting their turn - hopefully someday we'll all get our act together and kill off those cockroaches of society UNLESS of course YOU WANT THEM AIR-MAILED to your Country. See, when the problem is your own, you see things a bit different. I see me sitting over the kitchen sink, lighting $100 bills and watching the shes flow down the drain to keep this scum alive. I can't put it any better than that.