Mortal Equivalency

A teenage girl is brutally raped and beaten. In an effort to save her family's “honor”, the next week the village stones her to death.

A man organizes his local friends and neighbors to fight a brutal dictatorship. He is caught, convicted in closed court, and hanged.

A gang leader walks into a store, guns down three people in cold blood, and empties the cash register. He is caught, convicted and for thirty years goes through a series of appeals costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Finally, amid storms of protest, he is put death in the most humane way possible.

To some people, it all amounts to the same thing.