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Death Penalty Wrong Action By Government Concerning Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

January 30, 2014

I oppose the death penalty in all cases.  As much as this case is highly distasteful, and just plain horrific I am never in favor of the state taking a life.  There is a time for the ultimate judgment, and that will take place.  But it is not man’s role, in this case through the government, to play God.  This is just one of those moral codes that I do not want my government to break.

My views are no more complicated than how I have phrased them.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, will face a possible death penalty if he is convicted in the first deadly terrorist assault in the U.S. since the Sept. 11 attacks, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday..

Holder’s  long-anticipated decision comes more than nine months after the twin bombings were allegedly carried out by the 20-year-old defendant and his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan. The assaults left three dead and wounded more than 260 others gathered near the finish of the iconic footrace. The elder brother was killed in a confrontation with police in the days after the bombing.

4 Comments
  1. February 2, 2014 4:56 AM

    There are predators among us and they should be killed when convicted. This guy is not a predator. Keeping predators alive does not demonstrate our humanity. It demonstrates our lack of compassion for victims and our moral ambiguity over right and wrong. But this guy was not a predator. He was a bomber.he killed and injured people thru a single action. That is not predation.

  2. January 30, 2014 6:57 PM

    Finally, a small point, or perhaps not so small. But I think it important to remind you that President Obama is your president, mine, and all those others who call themselves Americans. ‘Your Obama Administration’ is not the way to view this leader.

  3. January 30, 2014 6:55 PM

    A poll in Massachusetts less than six months after the bombings showed a majority was opposed to this person being executed. While I too support the drone policy and find it effective for the role it serves there is a difference–at least in how I view this matter–from that of a terrorist in (pick a spot) that is responded to with a military blow. The fact this person is in the US, in the legal process of this nation, and where we can make sure he never again is free and able to harm another makes this matter far different than ‘the battlefield.’

  4. tom permalink
    January 30, 2014 6:25 PM

    I don’t know if you’re aware, but your Obama administration has been using drones pretty liberally to attack terror suspects. I don’t recall their being any trial in those cases. In this case a savage monster attacked a beloved and crowded public celebration of human achievement. The result of his foul actions was horror and blood, maiming and death. Clearly, he had no problem “playing God” and has therefore set the standard for his own treatment. My fear is that rather than set him in a room with a pressure-cooker full of nails, he will be given a soft injection. Too bad.

    I fully support the administration’s use of drones on foreign terror suspects. Certainly it is one of the few policies the administration has right. Perhaps the Islamic radicals might consider that each time they bomb and torture innocent citizens of the world, we become more willing to visit destruction and suffering on their people. We are constantly warned that we might provoke further militants, but they should know this is a two way street.

    I now my sentiments are not “politically correct,” but they are the conclusion that any review of the past twenty years can suggest. This terrorist killed innocent Americans and caused great fear. There are few cases where the need for death is so clear.

    On the other hand, the use of the death penalty as a deterrent to typical domestic crime does not seem to work well.

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