The Huffington Post and other media reported that Ambassador Mark Sedwill, NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, said that youngsters living in Afghan’s capital probably are safer than in other big cities like London or New York.
The knee jerk reaction of the virtual mob judged Sedwill wrong without evidence.
However, he was right!
Between 2001 to June of 2010, direct deaths of “all” civilians killed in Afghanistan as a result of insurgent actions was estimated to be 4,949 to 6,499 or an average of 550 to 722 a year.
In the US, total murders 2001 to 2009 were 137,840 people. Forcible rape was about a million. Aggravated assault was about eight million. Source: FBI
About 260,000 children die globally each year in motor vehicle collisions and ten million are injured. That’s more than all the roadside and suicide bombings in both Iraq and Afghanistan since the wars started.
In the US, Child Help reported that 10,432 children died from abuse 2001 to 2007 and over 3 million reports of child abuse are made annually.
That leads me to the Western mob’s criticism of China’s convicted criminal execution rate.
Amnesty International estimated that 1,718 executions took place in 2008 in China.
The big difference is that most people executed in China at least get a trial and a chance to prove innocence before death. In a motor vehicle collision, murder or child abuse, the innocent victim has no chance.
It is wrong that criminals serving life sentences in the US without a chance for parole or execution cost taxpayers billions of dollars.
KPBS did a special on The Cost of Life in Prison. For 2,600 serving life sentences in California, the projected cost was about $6.4 billion.
Criminal Justice says, 140,610 people are serving life sentences in the U.S. and more than 40,000 are serving life without parole.
China’s justice system is doing the right thing. China has executed convicted child molesters. Source: Dream Catchers for Abused Children
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I came to think about the laws we have in the Western worlds. It’s a shame that we can not take our personal responsibilities as grown ups. We seem to throw away the freedom we have, compared with other much more strict laws in other countries. If people don’t cool down the law will change in time, but clearly also the bureaucracy is already making it hard enough to fallow the already existing laws. Like intentionally causing trouble, need and an income of it. The system is corrupt, the moral values can not in future be expected if the top rulers don’t change the definition of material rights, that including property and ownership and so on, so that this will not go an and continue like this. People are suffering, children are dying and the feeling of lacking rights is growing. The society gets more inpatient and there we are going round again and the smallest and weakness will have to pay the prize and the leaders in this world gets money out of it. It’s business.
“When they say repent, I don’t know what they meant.” X-)
Most Christian sects (I’ve read that there are more than 30,000 with 2 billion followers divided among them) believe that all the criminal has to do is ask Christ (God) for forgiveness of the sins and crimes they comitted and he or she will be forgiven and allowed into heaven after death. It is partly because of this that there is so much opposition to the death penatly in the West no matter how horrible the criminal might be.
Well, I don’t know what God is thinking so I can’t argue on that. But I doubt it’s that easy. If a criminal changes his mind miraculously some how they need the right support to also change his ways in lie. Many of them are mentally ill and so on. But we have discussed that part before I think…
All the moneymakers want us to believe in all kind of miracle and hold on to false hope. That’s how they are able to continue, because people are naive and terrible needy.
There are always naive people that are easily fooled.