The Great Debate

Executions come swiftly and often in Iran’s ‘justice’ system

By Hamid Yazdan Panah
August 17, 2015
People protest against executions and human rights violations in Iran on a square near the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague

People protest against executions and human rights violations in Iran on a square near the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, March 25, 2014. REUTERS/Cris Toala Olivares

from Reihan Salam:

Reality check: Death penalty is too expensive to make sense

By Reihan Salam
June 20, 2014

Handout of revamped lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison

Last week saw the first executions in the United States since the botched lethal injection of Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett, which drew renewed attention to the death penalty. Despite a sharp decrease in support for the death penalty -- from 78 percent as recently as 1996, to 55 percent in a survey conducted last year by the Pew Research Center -- the practice remains on the books in 32 states. This reflects the fact that support for the death penalty is uneven, with conservatives and Republicans far more likely to support it than liberals and Democrats.

The case for letting Khalid Sheikh Mohammed live

By Nicholas Wapshott
April 13, 2012

What should be done with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed? If the Defense Department is to be believed, the chief planner of the 9/11 attacks on America is guilty of mass murder and crimes against humanity. Even if the evidence elicited by waterboarding him 183 times is void, his declaration in 2002 that “I was responsible for the 9/11 Operation from A to Z” should ensure conviction.