When we were growing up as super geeky elementary school kids in our hometown, we would be excited whenever the the Bookmobile, a large van equipped with tons of children’s books for purchase, rolled onto our campus. We loved hopping in with our hard-earned allowance money balled up in our fists, waiting to get our grubby hands on the newest
Judy Blume Encyclopedia Brown books.
We miss those days when enlarged vehicles meant purity and innocence, instead of, well, death. From USA Today we learn about China’s “death vans.” And by “death vans” we actually mean “fleet of mobile execution chambers.” Yes, that sounds much better.
Makers of the death vans say the vehicles and injections are a civilized alternative to the firing squad, ending the life of the condemned more quickly, clinically and safely. The switch from gunshots to injections is a sign that China “promotes human rights now,” says Kang Zhongwen, who designed the Jinguan Automobile death van in which “Devil” Zhang took his final ride.
So it turns out that all this hullabaloo about human rights in China was for nothing, now that we have these super humane, highly efficient soul-snuffing motor vehicles that may or may not be cover for organ harvesting. That’ll show the world!
Photo attributed to the Jinguan Group taken off the USA Today website