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Executions uncivilized

The stay of the Morales execution is welcome. The refusal by the anesthesiologists to enable this execution is superb. As we have always been taught in medical school and post-graduate training, “do no harm to the patient.” Medical organizations need to stand up more to the legal community who want physicians to participate in executions.

In the article entitled “When the left is not right in America” by Bernard-Henri Levy (San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 19, 2006). He observed that there was no political action to abolish the death penalty, which is a “civilized barbarity.” An interesting choice of words which are self-contradictory. How can you be “civilized” and be a barbarian at the same moment? The death penalty is a civil aberration which is the ultimate in uncivilized behavior.

This uncivilized behavior, capital punishment, is just as cruel as the wanton act that caused the punishment.

Do we as a “civilized” society require continued acts of barbarity which contradicts all our religious and moral principles?

Hopefully, the politicians and legislators will reconsider this societal contradiction i.e., an uncivilized act and is barbarity.

M. Andre

Grass Valley

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