Thinking... Capital Punishment as Premeditated Murder

Albert Camus, Nobel prize winner, half-length ...Image via Wikipedia

Today is the day after. 

It's the day after Troy Davis was executed for the murder of Officer Mark MacPhail.  And it has me thinking about guilt and punishment and retribution and death.  Fun stuff for a Thursday morning.

But I wasn't prepared to think like this.  The following is a quote from Albert Camus, a writer who won a Nobel Prize for literature in 1957.  He's pictured above.

I had not thought of capital punishment like this.
"But what then is capital punishment but the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal’s deed, however calculated it may be, can be compared? For there to be equivalence, the death penalty would have to punish a criminal who had warned his victim of the date at which he would inflict a horrible death on him and who, from that moment onward, had confined him at his mercy for months. Such a monster is not encountered in private life."
Albert Camus, writer, philosopher, Nobel laureate (1913-1960)

(HT/Virtual Methodist)
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