A License to Kill: Ninja 1

In my mind, this is one of the most controversial and topical ethical issues we will be discussing over the coming weeks. So, let’s not dither and just cut straight to point. Now, I think suggesting that some people don’t deserve to live is taking things just a little too far. I do believe, however, that the world would be a better, and safer, place without certain people on it.

Having said that, I need to make it absolutely clear that I, in no way, support or condone the unlawful killing of any murderer, rapist or alike. I am of course referring to capital punishment; after a full and fair trial of course.

All though 96 of the world’s countries (49%) have abolished capital punishment completely, 58 (29%) still maintain it in both law and practice. I understand completely that in many of these countries, the accused don’t always receive what is exactly a fair trial – that is another ethical issue in its own right. The death penalty is a punishment that should not be dished out lightly. Only when there is no doubt in the judges mind that the accused is guilty, and furthermore, remains a considerable threat to the continuing safety of our society should this sentence be exercised.

The year 2011 has seen the deaths of feared regime leaders Osama Bin Laden and Muammar Gaddafi, both having been killed in ‘crossfire’. There are no two ways about this; neither should have been allowed to continue committing the profound atrocities they had been known for. BUT, if death was to be their ultimate fate, then their fundamental human rights should have been upheld with the right to a fair trial – much like that that was granted of Saddam Hussein before his execution in 2006.

(N.B: These viewpoints expressed are not necessarily my own)

Thank you for taking the time to hear me out. Please feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below. If you agree with my views then please vote for me in the poll on the right hand side of this page.

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4 comments on “A License to Kill: Ninja 1

  1. Daniela Bariakova says:

    In my personal opinion no one has the right to take somebody’s life away even the person is a killer or has other crimes, because in that way those who judge him for being killer become killers too. Punishment should be a tool for changing behaviours not for eliminating these figures. Few days ago I watched again “Green mile” which as most of you know is about a prison for people who are going to be executed. There are some cases in which those people are innocent and mistake in the legal judgement can cost their life. I don’t think in our contemporary community where everyone is propagandising democracy is normal death sentence to be still used as a method of punishment.

    • ninjapr says:

      Hi Daniela,

      Yes, it is an unfortunate fact that sometimes mistakes are made and the death penalty is enforced on an innocent party. Make no mistake about it, this is completely tragic and should not happen. But let’s face it, this is incredibly rare and many countries still uphold that capital punishment should continue despite this. It all boils down to that one question that nobody wants to answer; would you sacrifice one innocent life in order to save another 10?

      What about repeat offenders? We cannot keep releasing continuing murderers back int society. Sure there is the option of prison, but we all no prison overcrowding is an issue across the globe. Furthermore, there are actually many who would rather die than go to prison. Why not grant them their wish?

      • prgirlswild says:

        I respect your arguments, but I still cannot accept capital punishment to take place in democratic country like The United Kingdom. Killers should spend their lifetime in prison and in this way they will not have the chance to keep killing. As for the crowded prisons, I think UK is rich enough some more to be built.

      • ninjapr says:

        Let us not forget that a life sentence tends to only actually be up to 30 years imprisonment, with the chance of parole after a fixed term in most cases. I again ask you to think about repeat offenders. Take a look at this news story from last year:

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/7147662/Killers-freed-to-kill-again.html

        The statistics and government figures in this article are quite frankly terrifying. The average life sentence in the UK actually lasts only 16 years. Furthermore, a staggering 1 in 3 convicted murderers kill again after release.
        I ask you again, how many innocent lives could be saved if capital punishment were still in practice? Are you telling me you value the lives of the offenders more than those of their innocent victims?

        As for building more prisons, I’m afraid that looks almost out of the question when considering the current economic climate and the amount of cuts that have already been made. Not to mention a space issue.

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