Former Yugoslav leader Slobadan Milosevic died in his prison cell on Saturday not long before his trial was to end. This is reminiscint of other disgraced leaders have escaped justice, by choice or not, sometimes retaining some of their dignity before giving anyone a chance to take it away.
Such examples are Adolf Hitler’s suicide on April 30th, 1945, Josef Stalin unusual death on March 5, 1953, and the likely upcoming execution of Saddam Hussein.
Did any of these leaders actually face justice for their crimes? I don’t think justice was served in any of these situations. In the Milosevic case, we’ll never even know what the outcome of the trial would have been.
Is execution even really serving justice? I think execution is putting a lost person out of their misery and giving them an easy way out. It does put the matter to rest and allow the affected victim family members a chance to move on, but to me it doesn’t serve justice for society. On the other hand, I don’t know if locking someone up for the rest of their life is serving justice either, but at least they can be humuliated while alive rather than being dead.
What’s your opinion?