Alan Dershiowitz says
When you torture somebody to death … everybody would acknowledge
that’s torture. But placing a sterilized needle under somebody’s fingernails for
fifteen minutes, causing excruciating pain but no permanent physical damage—is
Duh - yes.
Eugene Volokh, a fairly well respected right wing blogger, writes that rather than the death penalty, he would like to see murderers tortured to death by, or in front of, the families of victims.
I particularly like the involvement of the victims' relatives in the killing...
I am especially pleased that the killing was a slow
throttling, and was preceded by a flogging... I like civilization, but some forms
of savagery deserve to be met not just with cold, bloodless justice but with the
deliberate infliction of pain.
He also writes
Why would my humanity be diminished by participating in the killing of a monster... or even
by deliberately inflicting pain on him? It seems to me that this is the reaction
to a natural, understandable, and laudable human impulse ... Why
shouldn't one say that our humanity is diminished if a monster is allowed ...
to die a painless death.
Allowed to die a painless death?
It doesn't seem so long ago that saying things like this would have been as shameful as paedophilia. Now people crow about it in their personal weblogs. They feel no shame. Have people changed? Have morals changed? Do people like torture more now, or did they always like it, and now they admit it? Has the taste developed and refined, through being fed?