I am disappointed that many people seem to think that cruel retribution is morally admissible, and worse, is what we *should* do. As have been pointed out by a few people here, an eye for an eye is basically equivalent to stooping to his level in terms of atrocity. If someone killed your father, is it then okay to kill his father, mother or sisters as a punishment or revenge?
Two wrongs don't make a right guys.
I understand the necessity and justification of meting out punitive action to a certain extent on the criminals. However, at the end of the day, people should realise this: law and legal punishment ARE NOT a pretext of retaliation for you. You can't think that "Oh, I am so gonna fucking kill this fucking rapist, but I can't because I will be hanged; but hey, we have laws that can do that, so I am going to bring him to court and let the judge fucking kill this fucking rapist!"
The thing is, laws are not your proxy killer. Laws are enacted to protect the public; not for you to kill people legally. We jail people so that we keep the potential danger isolated from the public, rehabilitate the criminal and serve it as a deterrant to the general public. We don't jail or kill people so that you get to kill them without getting yourself hanged in the process.
Heavier punishment does not necessarily translate to less crime. As far as I know, capital punishment have not curtailed drug trafficking or murder cases in our country. Murder rate has not gone up since many Western countries abolished the death sentence. And now some are saying that cutting off one's penis / testicles (strictly speaking castration = removal of testicles / ovaries; not penis or clitoris) will reduce rape cases overnight.
Think of why US has not gotten, and will never achieve peace by killing off all terrorists. The reason is, there's simply no such thing as "killing off all terrorists". When you kill terrorists, you don't get less enemy; you get more. You don't achieve world peace by killing people whom you think do not love peace. And before you scream "KILL! CASTRATE! THIS IS MADNESSSS!!" again, take a moment to ponder how this very principle holds for our outlook on crimes and punishment.
(To think that some people are proud of the fact that "we are not animals, we are civilised". The irony)
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Last edited by youngyew; 24-06-2008 at 03:08 PM.