Arnie’s getting crap from Europeans for California’s decision to execute crook Stanley Tookie Williams (convicted killer and co-founder of Crips gang). Doesn’t this mirror the Australian outcry when Singapore decided to execute another crook in Nguyen Van Tuong for drug smuggling? The Pope and his cronies are shouting out for respect of human dignity and right to redemption. Suddenly, we witness mass amnesia and the type of selective justice again demanded by certain sectors of our society. For crying out loud, THESE GUYS COMMITTED SERIOUS CRIMES.
Here’s what i thought was funny:
“Rome’s Colosseum, once the arena for deadly gladiator combat and executions, has become a symbol of Italy’s anti-death penalty stance. Since 1999, the monument has been bathed in golden light every time a death sentence is commuted somewhere in the world or a country abolishes capital punishment.”
Are we kidding here? The Colosseum is not too far from where Caesar and his other Roman warriors once thrived. I bet they are turning in their graves at the follies of their descendants right now. I might appear to be in favor of capital punishment but i also am willing to compromise on the circumstances it should be practised. We need a strong deterrent for hardcore criminals. If we believe in the independency and effectiveness of judicial systems, we should trust them with the responsibility of purging society of our wayward citizens and upholding the sacred role of maintaining order in mainstream society. This is not because I do not believe that these criminals cannot be reformed, they might. But we also have to realize the importance of sending out a message to the rest of society, particularly those who endanger the majority, that there is zero tolerance for certain crimes.
I thought this topped the list:
“In Schwarzenegger’s hometown of Graz, local Greens said they would file a petition to remove his name from the southern city’s sports stadium. A Christian political group went even further, suggesting it be renamed the “Stanley Tookie Williams Stadium.””
Sure, name it Stanley Tookie Williams Stadium, I thought some sectors of society could go no lower but I am wrong. Perhaps some political group, (where’s Hansen-clones in Aussie?) could name some street or monument after Nguyen Van Tuong and join the Austrians in the “Hall of Shame” for celebrity crooks. They can commercialize this and make it a tourism attraction. I can visualize it. Let me attempt.
“From Australia to Austria — United in Our Celebration of Shame”.