“The time of the cathedrals is gone, Horders of barbarians, Storm the city gates…”


Today is a sad day. Troy Davis is executed.

The eternal phrase: “Ask not for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee” burns the soul in a wake of the Supreme Justice Antonin Scalia’s justification of this execution that the US Constitution does not prohibit execution of an innocent man:

“This Court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is “actually” innocent. Quite to the contrary, we have repeatedly left that question unresolved, while expressing considerable doubt that any claim based on alleged “actual innocence” is constitutionally cognizable. “

Indeed, “…barbarians storm the city gates…”:

A death sentence was reintroduced, and actively used  in many states which once banned it, making US the only developed country which practicing it, so putting us in the company of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, North Korea, China, Libya, etc.
A prison population skyrocketed not only to the absolute and per capita first position in the today’s world, but also overshadowed the worse years of Stalin’s GULAG.
In terms of social inequality, US has reached the Rwanda and Mozambique level…

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