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Of course, the attacks of 9/11 changed everything ... opinion on death penalty, torture and Geneva Convention on Humanitarian Law.

Europe's View of the Death Penalty

(NY times) May 13, 2001 - European politicians and intellectuals, who view the death penalty as a human rights issue, are incredulous that Americans support a punishment that fails to deter crime, targets mainly those who cannot afford a decent lawyer, is used on the mentally retarded and has often gotten the wrong man. America's high execution rate stands in striking contrast to its history of respect for individual rights and its role as an international champion of human rights.

The death penalty is becoming a diplomatic impediment for Washington. Some European countries will not extradite suspected murderers to America. Capital punishment may be one reason that Washington's European allies voted against American membership in the United Nations Human Rights Commission.

Surprisingly, public opinion polls show that the death penalty is still popular in many of the countries where it is illegal. Support ranges from very low in Scandinavia to 65 percent in Britain.

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"But I will not let myself be reduced to silence."

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Dec 29th, 2009 at 02:06:53 PM EST

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