do u belive in imprisonment torture or the death penaltyi absolutely, positively DO NOT

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When Chinese drug makers put poisonous chemicals into their product and people died--Heparin in a blood thinner caused 62 deaths in the U.S. in 2008--the executives of the pharmaceutical company was put on trial in China, and one or two days later, summarily executed. 

Was this right?  Were pharmaceutical companies in China more careful?  It does seem so, although cause and effect cannot be proven.

When the BP executives had been notified by their engineers that the rig was unsafe in Louisiana and what has happened would happen, the executives did absolutely nothing about this warning.  Now, millions of gallons of oil are polluting the ocean and destroying the wetlands of Louisiana. Hundreds of people's lives are being ruined--people who have made their livelihood from the sea generation after generation by fishing, shrimping, or working as chefs, shucking oysters, etc. in restaurants.  In addition, the Panhandle composed of Florida and Alabama will suffer destruction to their beaches and tourist trade.

Should an example be set by doing something as extreme as executing the heads of a company that has already damaged the tundra of Alaska a few years ago a warning about corrosive pipes was ignored corrisive pipes and U.S. government did not prosecute anyone even those there were witnesses to the gross negligence of BP?

What will it take for the greedy, unconscionable to learn to be considerate of the lives of others and the environment?  Hopefully, not death as the Chinese suffered....

lynn30k eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't think anyone has the right to kill anyone else, so the death penalty is not acceptable, for me. Imprisonment, yes, certainly; some people can not be allowed to be free due to their actions. But torture? I don't think any valuable info can be obtained through torture. One of my favorite quotes comes from Jesse Ventura, of all people: "You give me a water board, Dick Cheney, and one hour, and I'll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders."

ako6777 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would like to agree with it.  Looking in from the outside I can see the benefits of its use.  I don't think if I was the one expected to perform the abuse or the extermination of a life, that I could do it. Thinking about it from a personal perspective, I guess I do have a problem with it.  I would hope there were other methods of obtaining information and punishing the guilty.

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The death penalty is really a tough subject and for me it is hard to either agree or disagree. I do think that some people do not deserve to live. At the same time I wonder if we actually have the right to take someone else's life.

As far as torture goes, I agree with the previous posts. Imprisonment, yes. Some people are too dangerous to be free.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't figure anyone really advocates torture except on terrorism suspects.  I can see being against the death penalty.  But I'm kind of startled by the idea of being against imprisonment.  I'm curious as to what you would do with criminals -- I don't really see much of an acceptable alternative to imprisoning people.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I am a little unclear as to whether you are asking us about imprisonment and torture, or imprisonment torture. I am against torture, but I understand why it is used in some cases, where time is pressing and information is needed and the interrogator knows what he or she is doing.