Capital punishment is a topic often debated in Britain, with many advocates calling for a return, and equally, many opponents. One aspect that seems to slip under the radar though is the part it could play in the fight against religious extremism, in particular, suicide bombings.
Before the death penalty was abolished in 1965 there was not a single case on record of suicide bombings in the UK. Since its abolition there has been 1. These figures speak for themselves, and in percentage terms, represent an infinite increase in the frequency of these attacks on British soil.
Ask anybody whether they think an infinite increase in suicide bombings in this country is a good thing and they will undoubtedly say no. Ask the same person if they would support the reintroduction of capital punishment and there is every chance that they will come over all liberal, and use phrases like ‘reasonable doubt’, and ‘gross, irreparable miscarriage of justice’. Point out this one, simple statistic to them though, and suddenly they’re not so sure.
There is an undeniable link between the two. The proof is in the statistics.
Ignoring, for now, the much higher incidences of knife crime, the rise in firearm use in violent robberies and murders, and the increase in littering, all of which have happened since the last murderer was hanged in Britain, we will concentrate solely on the issue of extremism.
Prison is no longer a deterrent to any criminal. With offenders pleading ‘human rights’ in order to achieve increased comfort during their incarceration, the prisons of today are often likened to holiday camps. The chances of being sodomised in the bathroom, or attacked with a ‘shank’, crudely fashioned from a sharpened spoon handle, only serve to highlight the comparisons to Butlins.
Would the 4 men who perpetrated the London bombings on that terrible July day in 2005 have done so if the death penalty was still in place? Would they have been so committed to their cause, so willing to strap themselves with explosives, board public transport, and detonate their homemade bombs, killing tens of innocent people, if they had known that they could lose their lives, rather than just their freedom, as a result?
I think not. And the statistics back up that assertion with irrefutable proof.
So take action, sign the petition for the re-introduction of capital punishment in Britain today. It’s the only way to stop an infinite increase in suicide bombings and prevent us all being murdered on our way to work.