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Now who is the world’s biggest international meddler, I wonder?[/quote]
This evades the point by changing the subject. We are not talking about U.S. meddling; we are talking about E.U. meddling. Is E.U. trade pressure to change a few facets of the domestic criminal legal systems of various poor countries almost exclusively responsible for the large number of those countries that have recently abolished the death penalty? Yes, without question.
Even the Russian Federation has felt the pressure to abolish the death penalty, even as they have continued to murder tens of thousands of Chechens and carried out numerous extrajudicial killings. After all, the death penalty is more symbolic than meaningful. It’s easy for a state to give it up in the face of strong pressure because it’s not that significant a policy.
So one cannot argue that a global norm has been established on the death penalty, and that the U.S. is outside of this global norm. No such global norm has been established. The norm is a regional one largely confined to Europe, and it has been successfully exported to a few countries in Latin America, Africa, and Eastern Europe that want to maintain good trade relations with Europe.
You can laud Haiti all you want as an example of civilization; no one with a lick of sense is going to buy that argument.