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Punishments will be counter-productive

Sir,

White Van Man in his column (The Oban Times, June 8) suggests the death penalty for terrorists and deportation for those associated with terrorism.

This proposal appears to be more of an appeal to populism than a wellreasoned argument.

The death penalty, apart from the humanitarian argument against it, has a fundamental flaw as in the mind of a radicalised terrorist, life is meaningless, death is glory. There is no fear of death and to enact the death penalty would surely only serve to further radicalise and offer them the additional reward of martyrdom. I imagine there would be more fear of being locked up for a life of hard labour than of state-sanctioned murder.

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