Two items in the New York Times today caught my eye. The first is a Reuters item about the death penalty in Texas. According to the article, Texas will top 400 executions this month, far more than any other state.
Meanwhile, on an international level, the toll for US troops killed in Iraq since March 2003 is now 3,690. That, of course, is in addition to the 69,000 to 75,000 Iraqi civilians who have been killed. Not to mention all the Iraqi soldiers and the soldiers from other countries in the coalition.
How can we, as a civilized society, justify these figures?