Make certain exceptions: immediate self defence and in the course of a Just War.
OK, we can argue about whether Afghanistan actually is a Just War, but that it is a war does lead to a certain possible relxation of the restrictions against capital punishment.
A US soldier has shot dead 16 Afghan civilians, nine of them children, in a night-time shooting spree in a village outside his base in southern Afghanistan, a rampage the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, said was \”impossible to forgive\”.
There\’s an argument that the solution to this is vile, simple and necessary.
A drumhead court martial and a public hanging (long drop please, execution not torture) in the village in question.
By, say, Thursday this week.
That is, of course, a complete abandonment of the no capital punishment ever position. Not that I\’ve ever actually held that position but I\’ve always been very close to it.
However, I know that there are various ex-military readers here. And your solution to this specific sort of thing would be what?