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Wednesday, January 26, 2005  

Briefly noted

Dennis Prager said something the other day which was important.

In talking about the Death Penalty, reasons pro and con for it, he mentioned that one of the strongest arguments against it was the fear that we might execute an innocent person (although studies show that there isn't a single demonstrable case of an innocent being executed in the USA in the last 40 years).

Prager said, look at how many innocent people are killed by those criminals whom we don't execute. Guards, fellow prisoners, citizens when these murderers are released. Which would you rather have, the very fewest of innocents executed by the State as opposed to the hundreds of innocents killed by violent felons? There's no comparison. So much more good would be accomplished by the reasonably swift enforcement of the Death Penalty.

He's right, of course. There are trade offs and the effort to protect people from other people involves some cruel arithmetic just as war does.

We cannot have a perfect world so we must err on the side of caution when that means a greater good is accomplished.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 10:55 AM |