The Buzz, 9-23: Cry the Barbaric Country
The night the lights went out in Georgia
"The judge said guilty in a make-believe trial
Slapped the sheriff on the back with a smile
Said 'Supper's a-waitin' at home
And I gotta get to it.'"
-- Bobby Russell, "The Night the Lights went out in Georgia"
'"The EU opposes the use of capital punishment in all circumstances and calls for a universal moratorium. The abolition of that penalty is essential to protect human dignity."
-- Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs, European Union
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2011 Paul Ben-Itzak
Wednesday night, blood-thirsty American justice killed Troy Davis.
We, our country, either has the blood of a potentially innocent man on its hands
or is 'only' sullied by the blood of a murderer on its hands, we becoming him.
Seven of nine witnesses recanted.
A former president pleaded for a new trial.
A former FBI director pleaded for a new trial.
A pope pleaded for a new trial.
A noted conservative former congressman pleaded for a new trial.
On a recent Republican presidential debate,
we were sickened by the sound of the audience hooting approvingly when
the moderator cited Texas's high execution rate.
President Obama (who sat this one out), like his predecessors, is fond of closing his speeches with,
"God Bless America, the greatest country on earth."
God said, "Thou Shalt not kill."
How can a country so 'great' be so savage? So barbarous? So small?