To begin with, I don’t believe in capital punishment. We are the only ‘first world’ country that demands a life for a life. It is not something that a progressive, civilized nation does. There is one other reason to eliminate it, and that is expense. It’s a heck of a lot cheaper to lock a person up, and put them through hell, for the rest of their lives. In many ways, it is far more merciful. There is one exception to this, and that is treason. As far as I’m concerned, the moment a person has been convicted, execute them, right then and there, on the spot.
The classic science fiction series, Babylon 5, had several episodes which discussed the ultimate punishment. No, it wasn’t life in prison, or termination of life. Instead, it was death of personality. The person sentenced to death of personality would be subjected to the most obscene irony of them all. They would become what they hated most. One character had been a serial killer. He hated religion. His sentence was to become a Franciscan monk. I like that. If life were perfect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev would be sentenced to death of personality and forced to become a priest or a rabbi – what he hated most.
Instead, though, the only choice we, as a civilized nation has is to sentence Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to life without the possibility of parole. Like one commentator today said, death is too good for him. What he and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was barbaric. His brother is dead – becoming a martyr for the cause. The only thing remaining for Dzhokhar is death and martyrdom. By being executed, he becomes a symbol of the evils of America. By putting him in prison for life, he just sits there and rots. He doesn’t go out in a blaze of glory.
The death penalty is too good for him.