The execution in Georgia of Troy Davis, who many both in and out of the United States believe to have been innocent of the murder charges against him, has once again highlighted the global opprobrium associated with America’s continuing use of the death penalty. According to French philosopher Daniel Salvatore Schiffer, writing for Le Nouvel Observateur, the fact that President Obamaz failed to mention or intercede in his execution not only undermines the Nobel Peace Prize Committee for giving him the award, but it represents the near demise of America’s moral standing in the world.
For France's Le Nouvel Observateur, Schiffer writes in part:
"Never again, until it has abolished the odious and antiquated death penalty, may America presume to give lessons on democracy to the world, and certainly not in the name of human rights!
"Because this America, by executing Troy Davis in cold blood, has demonstrated to the entire world that it has nothing but scorn and indifference for the millions of men and women who have raised a hue and cry for somewhat more humane and compassionate justice. Simply put, just a little more "fairness" toward an innocent man.
"Yes: there is now an indelible stain in the terrified eyes of true democrats to see that America, far from being the great modern nation that it claims to be, is no better under the circumstances than countries that, in matters of justice, impose the most barbaric and medieval methods such as stoning or hanging - practices that are most commonly applied where the sinister and obscurantist "Sharia law" of antiquity prevails.
"As for Barack Obama, forget about it: beyond his lack of political courage and intellectual foresight, his deafening silence on the painful Troy Davis matter is unworthy of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded him by the Oslo committee, which was granted him a little too quickly solely on the flimsy basis of his beautiful but only theoretical speeches.
"So the assassination of Troy Davis reveals much more that is negative than a simple stain on American justice: it is the institution of the Nobel Peace Prize itself, its profound meaning and philosophical significance, that have been shattered through the cowardice of Barack Obama, whose true concerns are manifestly more electoral than humanitarian."
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