I'm not blaming the US at all, but, I was reacting to a post who thought the sadism of this 'punishment' a good thing.
But yes, the US has become a society where crime and punishment seems all too often to be about pandering, helped by the fact that TV
coverage of crime (of the tabloid kind), has increased 30 fold since 1980.
I just do not discriminate against fundamentalists of any kind, don't care what imaginary friend in the sky you think talks to you.
For anyone in the much freer Western democracies, where sex discrimination is illegal, to have a shred of admiration of what passes for justice in a theocratic state, is perverse.
Because a state in the 21st century that does such things, is not going to stop there, those who'd think themselves immune from such a state, are deluded.
A great American once said, 'We have nothing to fear but fear itself
Fear drives this sadism in Saudi, fear of the opposite sex, fear of modernity, fear of how personal freedom would end the hegemony of a few at the top.
We are lucky that though, as mentioned, media driven fear of crime maybe has lead to a bloated Incarceration industrial complex, this is as far as it has gone.
Let's keep it that way.