In the days and weeks and months ahead the pressure to pursue the death penalty for the surviving Boston Marathon Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, will only increase.
This, in spite of the fact that capital punishment is not a deterrent against such crimes in the future, nor does it restore the lives lost to violence.
Instead, capital punishment perpetuates a cycle of death.
Given the extremely public nature of this case, some will say this is grandstanding. On the contrary. Given the nature of this case it's imperative that those who stand for peace stand tall against the tidal wave of vengeance.
This isn't some cheap political trick.
It's the affirmation of grace and the power of mercy.