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Public executions and bullfights

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I'm no big fan of capital punishment, but it's hard to argue that John Allen Muhammad didn't deserve to die last week. Much more than most murders, his were particularly meaningless. And they were thoroughly public: for three weeks in 2002 some citizens in the Washington metropolitan area were paralyzed with fear, and nearly all were seriously uneasy during any public activity that could expose them to a sniper's bullet. Some just stayed home.

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