http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/international/AP-Turkey-Politics.html?todaysheadlines It seems as though Europeans continue to dictate to the world what values are correct. The EU has pressured the traditionally conservative NATO ally, Turkey, into ending its longstanding ability to punish offenders in accordance to islamic law. Although Turkey hasn't put anyone to death since '84, they still reserved the right to administer capital punishment as they saw fit. Granted, I am no proponent of the great state of Texas' lust for executing inmates, but I sincerely believe that the government reserves the right to protect it's citizens from heinous crimes & otherwise, premeditated murders. No, I don't think it serves as adequate crime deterrent, but I do recognize the policy's effectiveness in bestowing psychological closure. How much security of mind would the victim's families of Charlie Manson's crusade against capitalism have if California had been able to enforce the death penalty? It has been said that Europe blazes the sociology trail and America follows half a generation later. Considering the light sentencing & now abolished capital punishment statutes in Europe, how long will it be till the US Supreme Court redresses this issue and finds the death penalty as a violation of constitutional code under cruel and unusual punishments? Just this yr, majority decisions found it unconstitutional to administer justice to the mentally handicapped and to have sentencing taken away from the juries and pronounced from the judges.