As far as I am concerned, there shouldn’t even be a question to ask. When is it acceptable to kill someone should always come with never. Whether we are dealing with the death penalty – how can that still exist in 2011 – or euthanasia, or even the execution of Bin Laden, and recently Gaddafi.
In America, 34 states out of 50 still use the death penalty. In China, you can get killed for trying to escape the country or corruption. If Men are to decide who gets what in terms of punishment, where are the limits? How is it possible that in the 21st century, over a hundred people die in America and thousands in China? And most importantly, what happens in case of a miscarriage of justice? Too late, he’s dead.
Euthanasia is a very controversial case. If a person is in pain, wishing to die but is unable to do it themselves, is it acceptable to free them from their misery? So many other aspects have to be taken into consideration to regulate euthanasia. What level of pain, what illness would allow the ultimate sacrifice/action? Should there be a universal law to draw the limits? How will it be possible to differentiate euthanasia from plain murder? Killing as a gateway from pain seems to me like a step too far.
Even Bin Laden and Gaddafi, who are world tyrants and killers should have been exposed and convicted, punished for their crimes rather than shot down like they never existed.
I don’t think that it is down to Men to decide who and when to kill. Isn’t why we created institutions such as the UN or the international court of justice? So that the “baddies” can be judged and get the right punishment for their actions and the “goodies” don’t turn into cold blooded murderers, just like the criminals they have in front of them.
(N.B: These viewpoints expressed are not necessarily my own)
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