Tuesday, December 27, 2005

The Death Penalty

This story shows how Europeans differ from Americans in their views on the death penalty:
Arnold Schwarzenegger's name has been expunged from the websites of his Austrian hometown in the latest chapter of the row over the US death penalty.
Local politicians berated Mr Schwarzenegger - one of Graz's most famous sons - after he refused to pardon a prominent US death row inmate.
Graz assembly members condemned Mr Schwarzenegger's support for the death penalty, which is illegal in Austria.
By contrast, even the American liberal (although super-moderate) blogger Kevin Drum is not opposed to the death penalty in principle:
I'm not opposed to the death penalty qua death penalty, but I long ago became convinced that it was impossible to administer fairly or reliably and thus should be abandoned.

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