A, B, C and D

The state (A) today killed an individual (B)
they (A) accused him (B) of the crime of killing another individual (C)

(B) accused (C) of killing another individual (D), but since neither (A) nor (C) considered (D) an individual, (B) took the law into his own hands.

Somehow (A) killing (B) is justified, as (A) is allowed to kill whoever it chooses. Something neither (B) nor (C) is allowed to do.

Now, I (E), agree with (C), but not (A) nor (B).

As God said, “Thou shalt not kill.”
Or as Victor Hugo said, “Death belongs to God alone.”
Or as Aeschylus said, “Adding more blood does not wipe the slate clean.”
Or as Kant said, “The ends do not justify the means.”

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