I think of a man like this, who personifies evil.
Of course the death penalty is unfairly applied. Of course it falls most heavily on the poor and minorities. And, as I’ve known since making a speech on the subject in high school, there is no clear evidence that the death penalty serves as a deterrent. Many who commit the most horrible crimes are beyond deterrence due to a twisted ideology or a skull full of drugs and alcohol.
And yet, and yet. . .With monsters like these, I wouldn’t want to rule it out. I’d be more inclined to reserve the penalty for a tiny minority of particularly heinous crimes.
And maybe some countries ought to think about adopting the death penalty.
*Minor quibble: Does the fact he’s still referred to as “Major” mean he’s still drawing a salary from the military, almost two years after the attack? Ah, justice. . .