The good news (according to the latest issue of Death Row U.S.A. put out by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Educational Fund) is that only 3 juveniles still remain on our U.S. death rows, the Supreme Court finally having voted 5-4 against executing juveniles last spring.
The bad news is that as of October 1, 2006, 3,344 people still remained on U.S. death rows and that the latest news reports are that we shall have Saddam Hussein executed by the end of the weekend. I say ‘we’, as it is manifest that our government wants to get rid of Hussein ASAP — further trials would presumably disclose the complicity of current and recently replaced U.S. government officials with Hussein’s worst atrocities when these characters were giving him their blessings in his combat with Iran and the notorious gassing of the Kurds that took place during that period.
Back to the Death Penalty U.S.A. report — needless to say in racist America the primary victims of our legalized murder regimes are minorities. Whites are 45.22% of those on death row. Minorities (black and Latino) constitute the majority. It is nearly impossible for a white to get the death penalty for murdering a black, but the stats on the reverse order of victim/perp identities tell the whole story. One may go the Death Penalty Information Center for the grim details:
[Note. I don't like the terms, black and white, as applied to fellow humans, but these are the terms used in the report.]
Back to the Hussein execution, I would recommend that the entire Bush clan take heed. Retaliation is the name of the game most likely. Not only will the world at large (which has mainly abolished the death penalty) have some strong things to say about our involvement in this particular event, but one would imagine that there will be those who will seek revenge. How stupid! But I suppose that they figure this will distract people for the weekend news reports from the fiascoes occurring in the Middle East.
Texas as usual leads the nation in scheduled executions. During one of Bush’s years as governor there, it did in half (37) of all executed that year in Amerika (74) — including an African American juvenile about whose guilt there was considerable doubt, as several African American witnesses said he was not the one, but whose judgment was over-ridden by a stubborn white lady whose point of view on the murder was a considerable distance away across a dark parking lot.
And so it goes — here and over there.
“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)
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