Thursday, May 03, 2001

A disturbing beginning to a blog

This report is disturbing, but, I think, important. To us, the English, the whole idea seems distasteful, that people's deaths should be broadcast. That was until an editorial in Brill's Content (a sort of sequel of this article) made me think about whether or not a state should be too squeamish to display its own actions. "We'll kill people, but we're not able to watch the results of our decisions." Anyway, this stretches what I'm willing to listen to, but, if we are prepared to do these sorts of things to people, surely we should be aware of what it is we are doing. If tapes like these make it more difficult for us to sentence people to death, then surely that is a good thing. Anyway. I wish this hadn't started here, but it has...