CLARIFICATION OF ORIGINAL IDEA on Freedom, War and the Death Penalty

I’ve been ambivalent about the death penalty for a long time. However, since we’ve been involved in Iraq, I’ve recognized that throughout our history, we have gone to war to protect our freedom and liberty. So, as a nation, we believe freedom and liberty are more sacred than life itself. \n\nConversely, the death penalty is based on the belief that death is the ultimate price a criminal can pay for his crime. So, the death penalty implicitly values life more than liberty. \n\nIMHO, these two positions are irreconcilable, leading me to conclude that because I believe that it is sometimes necessary to sacrifice the lives of our soldiers to protect our freedom, I can not support the taking of life as the ultimate price for committing a crime.\n\nI've searched a lot of websites (pro and con the death penalty) and I haven't come across this particular perspective. Since I'm not a legal scholar, I've concluded that I must be missing something in this debate and I'm hoping you can illuminate me.

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