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I think you've basically got it.  Also at a more right brain level, Americans see cases where, for example, a big 12 year old boy brutally murders a small 4 year old girl, and they are outraged.  Right now, I think the majority of Americans think that boy's moral standards are formed, and he is likely to do that again in the future.  They don't want that to happen, so they want him put away.

America is a representative democracy, where opinions change over time.  It's possible this view will change.  But right now, that's what they think.  I'm guessing that Americans are interested in the fact that most of the world disagrees with them, but would say at the end of the day, it's their country, and they'll decide--so they won't support the government signing something that is against their views.  

by wchurchill on Fri Oct 14th, 2005 at 02:41:56 PM EST
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Uhh, congratulations then.

You successfully entered the Middle Ages. :)
According to the German wikipedia Romans accepted 8 year olds as fully responsible adults while savage German barbarians in the Middle Ages distinguished between children, teenagers and adults.

See my comment below.

Not to mention the fact that most European countries are representative democracies too. Just in case some people don´t know it.
And that some European countries changed their views a hundred years back when they were allegedly Imperial monarchies. And not an enlightened republic like the US of A....

Just saying....

by Detlef (Detlef1961_at_yahoo_dot_de) on Fri Oct 14th, 2005 at 07:35:16 PM EST
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I'm not challenging the right of European democracies to make a different decision--it's perfectly their right, and i applaud it.  I'm just agreeing with the poster who I responded to, as to why Americans believe as they do--and that they have their right to decide that, and not go along with everyone else in the world.  It's a free country.
by wchurchill on Fri Oct 14th, 2005 at 07:51:40 PM EST
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