I cannot say I'm surprised that Tsarnaev got the death penalty. After all, everyone on that Boston jury was pro-capital punishment. It's hard to imagine that people who think capital punishment is a moral act would feel that this case, of all cases, didn't fit the criteria. It was baked in the cake from the beginning.Yes it was a heinous act. That's not the point. What, except revenge, is to be gained by snuffing out another life?
I just wish I understood why anyone thinks that killing someone you have in custody makes any moral sense. I guess it's just simple revenge, not much more advanced than the crudest tribal retribution. For all of our legal rituals, we haven't come very far.
I just don't believe in it under any circumstances. Even for this guy. For anyone. How can more death be the right thing to do?
Is killing for revenge ever a moral act?