Until recently, I've been ambivalent about the death penalty. On the one hand, I felt that it seemed barbaric for a world-leading culture like ours to put people to death. On the other, I felt there was often justice in killing someone for particularly heinous crimes. However, since the onset of the war in Iraq, I've had a bit of an epiphany that convinces me the death penalty is wrong, but not for any reason that I've seen or heard others espouse. I'm posting this hoping some of you legal or ethical thinkers, scholars and/or pundits can offer up your take on my position and see if it holds up to scrutiny.