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[ LETTERS ]

When I took some psychology classes in college, as part of my studies in public health, I spent a lot of time looking at studies on capital punishment from all over the Western world.

After the 1960s and 1970s, very few studies have found that capital punishment acts as a deterrent to crime. This largely is why the UN, many countries and dozens of states in the US have acted against it.

This is also why local NGOs here have been fighting so hard against it, sometimes with my limited participation.

As my good father once said, there is no moral argument for capital punishment. Most leading religions of the world say the same thing: You shall not kill.

Whether the killer kills (or whatever crime is committed), or we kill the killers, there is no moral, statistical or judicial validity in saying that capital punishment deters crime.

Taiwan, under Ma the stray horse, is taking a huge step backward with all these recent executions, and the many more to come according to the taste of Ma’s judicial officers.

BORIS VOYER

Taipei

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