The United States does not often find itself in a league with China, Iran, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.
But as international human rights groups and a number of countries, particularly in the European Union [EU], prepare to mark World Day Against the Death Penalty Saturday, that list of the five countries where nearly all of 2008's executions were carried out is where the US finds itself.
Proponents of abolishing the death penalty worldwide say the global trend is in their favor, and they claim the march of countries putting an end to executions is accelerating.
But even though a large majority of known executions carried out last year were in China, the US remains a key target of the abolition campaign as a country that in most other instances is seen sharing values with other Western powers.
Mud_Rake recently did a post on the very thing, although I couldn't find a direct link. His point, if I remember correctly is how shameful it is to be in that company. As an American I find it embarrassing and disgraceful that we keep such company. What's your opinion?
Do you think the trend is away from the death penalty in the U.S. It certainly was more popular when George W. was governor of Texas. Should we be satisfied with the progress? Is the fact that China executes thousands while we only execute dozens supposed to be a comfort?
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.