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    That is something we may never know.  We have to remember, though, Sadam Hussein was not a US death penalty, and in that case, he was a war criminal tried under those terms, his death wasn't a criminal result, it was the result of a succession of government.

    Whether or not anyone wants to admit it, as long as he was alive, he existed as a figurehead for a potential return to a government method they were trying to reset.   This is the same argument made with someone like Bin Laden, who was responsible for far fewer deaths.

    In the case of others, we have to remember that part of the factor is what happens otherwise.  If you mix McVeigh, who admitted to his crimes and said he believed they were all deserved in an attempt to overthrow the government, into a prison all you are doing is asking other prisoners to kill him - which they would have done.  In that environment, have you done more harm to their chance at rehabilitation or have you conducted a good deed by allowing him to live?

    In those cases, there is no real clear cut answer.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 01:24:19 PM PST

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