Has it not occurred to our ex-colonial cousins that the time has come for them to finally RID themselves of the primitive, barbaric SCOURGE of Capital Punishment?
This writer has no need to detail the four reasons why state execution is not acceptable in a civilised society – or even expedient – since they were covered YEARS ago, by his alter-ego Damien, on: http://damienatloppers.wordpress.com/2008/11/30/damien-on-capital-punishment/
No, THIS time he muses on the embarrassment the country which thinks itself to be the most advanced in the World is suffering, because of its dogged refusal to accept the obvious.
For decades, its lethal injection materials were obtained from local pharmaceutical companies – but then, they stopped making them. And so, given America’s fear of having state-run companies, it was forced to look elsewhere for its poisons.
Initially, Uncle Sam went to his faithful bitch, Britannia; but even Downing Street (eventually) banned exports of the necessary toxins to the country it has a Special Relationship with.
The Foreign Office has a list of substances and equipment – and a list of countries they can not be exported to, for fear they be misused (like, try getting an export licence to ship missile guidance systems to North Korea).
And despite its famously dodgy politics, they found Italy was not playing, either. These days, ALL Western European counties have abolished the practice. Most for around half a CENTURY. Some for even longer.
Then they tried India – the country that manufactures legitimate generic syldenafil citrate (Viagra) for pennies a pill (they are called Kamagra, if you want some) – but even THEY blocked them.
So now, The Greatest Country In The World is reduced to grubbing around, dealing with the very same characters their CIA have on their Most Wanted List, to try to score the substances.
In their words – really?