What is execution?
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What Does execution Mean
From the Latin exsecutio , the term execution allows to name the action and effect of executing . This verb has several meanings: to put something to work, to perform something with ease, to play a piece of music, to execute, to claim a debt for an executive procedure or, in computing , to carry out the operations that are specified by a program .
An execution can therefore be an action that takes place. For example: "I gave an order and I want to see its execution" , "The execution cannot take place three days after the order was made" , "Martínez made a mistake in the execution of the penalty and his team could not tie the game" .
In art , the execution is linked to the way of doing something : "The pianist's performance was phenomenal: the audience applauded him standing for several minutes" , "The idea of the sculptor seemed interesting, but when seeing the finished work, it remained the feeling that he failed to execute ” .
Law, justice and the line between the legal and the unconstitutional
In the field of law and justice , the concept of enforcement has two main uses.
On the one hand, it refers to give death a convicted : "The execution of the Iraqi dictator was held despite protests of thousands of people" , " A few hours ago the execution of the serial murderer in Texas was completed, who was executed with a lethal injection ” .
In this sense, we speak of execution when, after a legal procedure , an individual's life is taken away because it is the only alternative that justice finds if it is carried out properly. This way of understanding justice is absolutely strict and authoritarian. It tries to assert itself in a dangerous arbitrariness, of which people who have not committed the crime for which they are being executed are often victims .
Many literary works have been written on this subject . One of them is the one published by Víctor Hugo, "The last day of a man sentenced to death." A creepy narrative where humanity is shown behind the individual who is taken to the scaffold.
In this same sense, the term can also refer to an illegal act . It is called extrajudicial execution and it refers to a murder carried out by a government or person with a certain authority that is carried out outside the law, disregarding the rights of citizens and without waiting for legal approval. In this class of murders are those committed by the various unconstitutional governments , such as the dictatorships that ruled in various Latin American countries over time.
On the other hand, this concept can refer to a judicial procedure with seizure and sale of assets to achieve the payment of debts: "Now nothing and nobody can prevent the execution: we will have to leave the house" , "The mayor promised that he will stop foreclosures affecting mortgage debtors ” .
It is curious to think that the line that divides constitutional acts from those carried out outside the law is so diffuse and that the same concept can be used in both cases. At this point, one might wonder if human beings really have the right to take the life of another individual , regardless of their actions or crimes committed. Not only in regard to the possibility of equivocation, irrefutable in the human being, but also in what has to do with the right of all living beings to choose for life. Surely the solution is not to free the criminals, but to allow them to choose their own sentence .