Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Execution of Tookie Williams

Although the United States often asserts a kind of moral purity and even an exemption from the degrading practices of other peoples and nations, this is a nation very much steeped in violence and slaughter, as are many other nations that do not wave alleged clean hands. With the slaughters of Native Americans, slavery, the Civil War, the wretched treatment of immigrants in our history, we are one of the very few countries still holding executions. Whatever the sincerity of Tookie Williams repentance, whatever the good or ill that he has done, whether before or after his conversion - the killing of Williams in California accomplishes absolutely nothing, except to stoke the vengeance of some and to add greatly to the face of violence that this land offers the world today at home and abroad.