Well you can have your opinion - and thats fine I won't call you barbaric for it. You want to pretend its possible to live in a utopia keep on dreaming.
In my opinion there is no action which can be done that would be enough against Timothy McVeigh. You could torture him for 1000 years if such a thing were possible and he would not have felt enough pain.
Why do punishments exist? They exist to discourage people from breaking the rules.
Currently the highest form of punishment is death. Clean and simple. And this form of punishment isn't enough to deter people from these horrible acts. They will die for their cause.
Thats why, for these people, I think torture is appropriate. They may be ready to die but are they prepared to be tortured every day for the rest of their lives? Are they prepared to be kept on the brink of death in inhuman pain?
Call me barbaric all you want but whatever it takes to stop someone from setting off a bomb that kills thousands, or maybe someone who gets a nuclear bomb that kills millions, whatever it takes to stop these people from doing this.
I dont think Timothy McVeigh should be tortured because of some sort of revenge or retribution. I think he should be tortured as an example. Say to all the potential terrorists out there that if you want to kill so many people you're not going to have an easy way out. You're going to feel the pain you rained down on those people you killed, you're going to feel the pain their families will feel for the rest of their lives.
Punishments do not exist to get revenge on the perpetrator. They exist to discourage.
Torturing him will not bring back 168 people. But torturing him might save the lives of 168 people who have not yet been killed.
This reminds me of a interesting question usually asked in ethics classes.
If you went back in time and saw Hitler before his rise to power and had the opportunity to do so would you kill him? Knowing what he would become and how many deaths he would cause would you do it?
There are 2 kinds of people - the ones that would and the ones that wouldn't.
I would. Sid - you wouldn't.
But I don't call you barbaric for your beliefs.