Yesterday came reports of the ghastly mess involving the execution of a death row inmate in Oklahoma because states are experimenting with a new drug cocktail since the old drugs are no longer allowed to be exported to the US from Europe because of European disapproval of their use for executions.
This latest execution seems to have been even worse than the previous one in Ohio. The execution lasted for 43 minutes with the victim speaking and writhing during that time and had to be halted, with him subsequently dying of a heart attack.
Why do we seem to be so determined to carry out a punishment that has no redeeming value and has been rejected by so many nations? It seems to be doing nothing more than satiating a desire for vengeance on the part of the state and revenge on the part of the loved ones of the victims of the killers. Surely those are not sufficient reasons for state-sanctioned pre-meditated murder?
And yet as this cartoon by Tom Tomorrow from back in 2000 shows, politicians all across the political spectrum who seek the highest office seem to fall over themselves in their eagerness to show their toughness by endorsing this barbaric practice.