Only twenty nations in the world still have the death penalty. The United States is the only country in the Americas, the only nation in the G8, to still practise judicial execution. And we’re so good at it. The US ranks 5th out of those twenty, beaten only by China, Iran, North Korea and Saudi Arabia.
Update Related: Michael Ignatieff reviews All the Missing Souls, an insider account of why “no country has invested more in the development of international jurisdiction for atrocity crimes and no country has worked harder to make sure that the law it seeks for others does not apply to itself.”