10/08/2014 by syrbal-labrys
There will be a hanging in Afghanistan today. Generally, I worry about the death sentence being used on the wrong people. I don’t believe it is much of a deterrent, to be honest. I do consider it occasionally necessary to reduce the risk to the general population. In so-called “civilized” nations, life in prison might serve that same purpose, if imperfectly.
But in Afghanistan? No, sorry. Gang rapists can be hanged without me getting hung up on it. I contribute monthly to Amnesty International; but in this case, I do stringently disagree that a rapid trial with a politician making end-zone political hay on it is necessarily a fixed trial.
I have an increasingly hard time figuring out why there is so much commitment to the rights of rapists over the horrors of what happened to the female victims.