Farewell the Bali Two

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I knew these men were about to be executed. I wonder if they were impatient for it – that the agony of waiting would be over. I tried not think about it yesterday. Countless people die daily. Put it out of your mind. It is no use lamenting it.

I am glad that Filipina lady has been spared temporarily at least. Her is an especially doleful case. She is young and has two little children. There are grave doubts about her guilt. Her story that she was duped could well be true. I am not certain of her innocence. I do not need to be. Those who advocate her death do need to be certain. I am against the death penalty especially for offences less grave than murder

I am sorry that Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were slain. They had already been heavily punished by ten years in gaol. By all accounts they had turned good. Let us not forget the Nigerians and the others who were killed.

If any good can come from these deaths it is this: that people will learn that getting involved with drugs is an extremely bad idea. It is utterly stupid and causes immeasurable pain. Do not touch that poison. Why put filth in your veins? There are many other routes to happiness.

Let no one be anti-Indonesian. Some valiant Indonesians spoke out against these men being killed. There needs to be some push back. Temporarily withdrawing the Australian ambassador is a proportionate response. Trade sanctions would probably be sanctions. It would not prevent the same happening again. From Widodo’s point of view he has been moderate by not killing the others. He says the decision was in the hands of the courts but I have my doubts. An overly strong response might put his back up and make more killings more probable.

Had Andrew and Myruan succeeded what then? They woould have got back to the Land Down Under wiith several kilos of the most dangerous drug of all. How many people would have died over overdoes? How many people would have been murdered by heroin addicts looking to steal money for a fix? How many heroin addicts would have contracted HIV from sharing needles? How many people would have caught that diseases through sex?

This drug is horrible. I wish no one took it. But what if it were legalised? These men would not have been executed. The price would be much lower. People would not steal and kill to fund their habit. They would be less likely to share needles or turn to prostitution to fund their habit. They would be less likely to die of overdoses as they would take a weaker strain and maybe in monitored conditons. People would still die from this drug but surely in smaller numbers.

This substance gives me the creeps. I loathe needles.

Sadly I think people will not learn their lesson. Several Australians have been put to death overseas for such offences. This did not deter these fools. But an execution has a greater deterrent impact than a long gaol sentence.

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About Calers

Born Belfast 1971. I read history at Edinburgh. I did a Master's at UCL. I have semi-libertarian right wing opinions. I am married with a daughter and a son. I am allergic to cats. I am the falling hope of the not so stern and somewhat bending Tories. I am a legal beagle rather than and eagle. Big up the Commonwealth of Nations.

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