This happened last week, but I think it got lost amid all the earthquake news
. Or maybe
Mongolia isn't a huge news-maker, I don't know. Anyway, Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj announced a moratorium
on capital punishment, commuting all current death sentences to 30-year prison terms. Apparently President Elbegdorj had a genuine crisis of conscience and could no longer bring himself to sign another death order (executions in Mongolia are by gunshot, btw). So way to go Mongolia, and a hearty congratulations to President Elbegdorj for figuring out it's wrong for the state to murder its own citizens (something we're slowly coming to grips with
here at home).
That's right, folks, the nation that invented the "murderous horde" is now a step-up from dear old U.S.A. when it comes to state-sponsored revenge. Yeehaw.