'China executed "several thousand" people in 2009'
Note the young officer wearing white gloves--as though properly positioning the young man to be executed is a clean act. In this photo, I count about 10 young men lined up to be executed. The word "several" means three or more. So "several thousand" would make for busy days, five days a week, every week, every year. And if you look in the background of the attached photo, there are spectators hearing reports from guns and watching bodies slump to the ground. For them, this is exciting entertainment.
The young men in uniforms and white gloves--how do they sleep at night after killing some humans? What is their relationship to their wives, children, neighbours? Yes, some of the condemned have committed brutal crimes. But I suspect the vast majority--like in the United States--have done nothing more than transport heroin, cocaine or marijuana to willing customers. For this business transaction, they were murdered by the State.
And what justifies this horror against fellow humans? In China it's the ideology of Communism. In the United States and throughout Africa and the Arab world, it's the ideology of Christianity and Islam.