Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither, and lose both.
-- Benjamin Franklin

A shining light and example for the world

From the BBC:

Outrage at Palestinian executions

The Palestinian Authority says it wants to strengthen the rule of law
Human rights bodies have urged Palestinian authorities to outlaw the death penalty after it executed four convicts in Gaza on Sunday.

A European rights watchdog said the penalty was unjust, echoing concerns voiced by Palestinian activists.

But Palestinian officials say the death penalty is needed to curb lawlessness.

The executions were the first since new Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas pledged to end a three-year moratorium on the death penalty in February.

Four men who had confessed to murders in a Gaza court were killed on Sunday – three by hanging, one by firing squad.

“These individuals killed innocent human beings and by executing them we applied our law,” Palestinian Attorney General Hussain Abu Aasi told the AFP news agency.

“Even the most democratic state in the world, America, invokes this kind of punishment,” he said.

We may be the Great Satan, but at least we can be used as an example when they want to justify killing. I’m so proud.

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