Late last month (July 2008), it became known that the U.S. would execute the death sentence of soldier Ronald Gray after his conviction for rape and murder.
The decision is correct and must be applauded. The death penalty should be applied more frequently in similar cases. The execution of such criminals may not necessarily heal their victims, families or society, but execution is the just response from society to individuals who have completely violated the rules of society, showing utter contempt for those people who became their victims. There is no possible reintegration. It is necessary for society to have mechanisms to get rid of such cancers. Such elements are not worthy of cure; they are rather malignant tumors to be removed completely from society.
Apart from the possible deterrent effect of any penalty, the main objective to introduce the death penalty should be to rid society of those people who at first had chosen to disregard and ignore the rights, dignity and lives of others, either for their own benefit or for pleasure. Such an attitude demonstrates an ability and willingness to do damage that does not deserve contemplations of forgiveness or second chances. The only way to protect society from these individuals is eliminating them from society itself.
Unfortunately the European Union still maintains its opposition to the death penalty. It is necessary for European countries to introduce the death penalty in their criminal codes. Europe suffers, like any society, both internal and external cancers that must be fought. Those responsible for crimes of rape, paedophilia, human trafficking or terrorism (among others) deserve that the response and reaction from society be the death penalty, in order to simply eliminate those people from our societies. It is society’s just protection against the threat posed by keeping those who despise the rest of the people within society.
The measures usually imposed by judges on paedophiles or terrorists are insufficient, like the restraining order: a stupid measure and an impossible one to implement in practice. Compliance with such an order requires the victim or the offender (or both) to known about the other’s movements, to ensure such compliance. This situation requires unfair constant pressure on the victim. Because such crimes deserve the elimination of offenders, the death penalty would offer at least the comfort of knowing that the threat no longer exists.
There are countless cases that need application of the death penalty, such as the three U.S. soldiers implicated in the rape of a girl in Japan in 1996 (see news here).
Likewise, the penalty must be applied to all arsonists producing intentional forest fires ravaging Spain every summer, destroying nature and mountains. The vast majority of fires are intentional. On many occasions those responsible for the fire are apprehended. Let us do the right thing, executing them. The damage they have caused to nature and to entire villages makes it necessary to eliminate those who caused the damage.
Instead of sentences of brief walks through jail, like the 3 years’ imprisonment that Thailand imposed on pederast Christopher Neil this week, it is necessary to introduce the death penalty and execute that individual. Similarly, capital punishment is urgently needed in other notorious cases such as those seen by Europe in Belgium or those of a few priests in the U.S. It is also necessary to introduce the death penalty for the pederast and murderer Santiago del Valle Spain or in the case of a famous Spanish dancer that also killed one person. The pampered treatment that Spain offeres murderers (whether or not part of ETA) is scandalous. That is not justice. The death penalty is also necessary for these criminals.
Needless to say, the cases reviewed here are just a few examples of all cases in which death penalty is needed.
Associations like Amnesty International denounces countries like the U.S. or China for continuing to use the death penalty. They are wrong. These countries do well in maintaining and implementing the death penalty. It is Europe and many other countries who need to react (quickly) to implement the death penalty as well.