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Disappointed at death penalty Dear Sir, I am disappointed with the US Army for seeking the death penalty against the US soldier responsible for killing 16 villagers in Afghanistan. The primary scope of any penalty is to redress the disorder caused by the offence. When his punishment is voluntarily accepted by the offender, it takes on the value of expiation. Moreover, punishment, in addition to preserving public order and the safety of persons, has a medicinal scope: as far as possible it should contribute to the correction of the offender. If bloodless means are sufficient to defend against the aggressor and to protect the safety of persons, public authority should limit itself to such means, because they better correspond to the concrete conditions of the common good and are more in conformity to the dignity of the human person. Today, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crimes, the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity are very rare, if not non-existent. Criminals are human persons who, despite their crime, deserve to be treated with respect. There is no moral justification for imposing a death sentence. Violence begets violence both in our hearts and in our actions. By continuing the tradition of responding to killing with state-sanctioned killing, we rob ourselves of moral consistency and perpetuate that which we seek to sanction. Paul Kokoski, 234 Columbia Drive, Hamilton , Ontario, Canada Defeats changed course of cricket Dear Sir, Recent events in cricket show that like any other sports the graph of cricket is also falling in Asian countries. Some years ago it was a dream of any country to win series in the Subcontinent on spin wickets but recent defeats of Sri Lanka and India have completely changed course of cricket there. Only last month Sri Lanka lost series against Australia - it was the Australian team's first win on Sri Lankan soil. After retirement of key players, specially spin wizard Muralidharan, Sri Lanka are struggling with new players. India also lost series against England. After 28 years England won Test series against India on Indian soil. Trott and Bell complete England's historic revival. India is also struggling after the retirement of Dravid, Luxman and other key players. The introduction of T20, IPLs and commercialisation of cricket in the Subcontinent is main cause of poor performance of young players in Test cricket. Following the rising trend of IPLs and T20 players are still not able to adjust themselves in Test cricket environment. The famous innings of Hanif Mohamed, Sunil Gavaskar, Javed Mindad, Saeed Anwar, Arvinda D'Silva and Ranatunga have become a dream for cricket fans which is very unfortunate. Khawaja Umer Farooq, Jeddah , Saudi Arabia, E-mail: Please send us your letters By e-mail Fax 44350474 Or Post Letters to the Editor Gulf Times P O Box 2888, Doha, Qatar All letters, which are subject to editing, should have the name of the writer, address and phone number. The writer's name and address may be withheld by request.

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Date:Dec 23, 2012
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