Friday, May 01, 2015

They are dead

No turning back the clock for the two who organised drug smuggling from Indonesia. They are dead, shot by employees of the Indonesian government, just like so many years ago employees of the Indonesian government shot dead four Australian news reporters in Balibo in now what is the independent country of Timor Leste. I felt a terrible hollowness in my stomach and my brain when I arose to hear the 5.30 radio news, confirming what I thought would happen, but also a sense of relief that the wait and their mental torture had ended.

How badly did the President Widodo of Indonesia behave? He virtually cut off diplomatic contact, refusing to take a call from our Prime Minister. The offenders death schedule was announced on ANZAC Day. Just hours before the guilty Australians were shot dead, their families were put through a media melee. This from a drug ridden and extremely corrupt country, corrupt from the top to the bottom. God help you if you don't have money and are Indonesian without the wherewithal to pay bribes.

It is pointless to stop aid or stop visiting Indonesia. The poor will suffer the most from this. The rich and powerful may not get to cream off the top of such aid, but they will be fine.

Meanwhile those who kill their wife in a crime of passion in Indonesia receive only a short gaol sentence, if they are unlucky. It really is a shite country, yet our army plays war games with their army so often.

Of course we should lobby against the death penalty world wide. Where better to start than the land of liberty and freedom, the United States. Err, it is mostly black people who are sentenced to death there, so it is not so important. Ah, our big trading partner. Yes, you Chinese, stop judicial killing.

Not you, not I, not any government ever has the right to take another person's life unless it is an accident of self defence.

Here is a photo I prepared earlier of someone killed in an Indonesian judicial killing, someone shot dead. Probably a bad person, so lose no sleep. I won't.




24 comments:

  1. Pointless to stop visiting Indonesia? I don't think it is pointless. I hope that we never send tourists, accept their sports teams, accept their university students or do business with Indonesian companies again.

    With the exception of aid, we should not be dealing with nations who have capital punishment for foreigners. [if they massacre their own citizens, I suppose we can't do much about it].

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    1. Hels, would you include the US and China in that?

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    2. If China and the USA used capital punishment on citizens of other nations, especially nations that do not use capital punishment themselves, I most certainly would.

      We had an American mass murderer in Australia who was executed in 1942. But Eddie Leonski was court marshalled by an American milit­ary court, using American military law. The death sentence was signed by General Douglas MacArthur himself.

      http://melbourneblogger.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/us-soldier-eddie-leonskis-murder-spree.html

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    3. I remember the post Hels. The Brown Out Murders.

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  2. Government sanctioned assination

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  3. Andrew, bed new it is the 21st century very unfriendly for some people. But why? Human rights should be respect

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    1. Gosia, I think not being killed by a state is a human right.

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  4. Tricky subject Andrew!

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    1. Grace, not for me when one of the most corrupt countries in the world kills our citizens. Yes, they were bad people, but there are rather a lot of bad people in the world who live on.

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  5. So glad someone else decided to write about the events of the last week. I couldn't. All theatre on the part of the Indonesian government. Different cultures ~ different standards and different values. Unfortunately values are not universal like we think. Honesty, integrity and dignity are values that some cultures do not hold high. And I personally would never risk finding myself thrown in one of their prisons by crossing some nation's borders. The AFP have a lot to answer for too I suggest.

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    1. Carol, it was very much theatre for a domestic audience with the world watching on. I can't wait for the AFP to be pulled apart in Senate committee meetings.

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  6. Being a Yank, of course I......
    Think the death penalty is all about revenge. What's that saying? Oh yes, "an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind".

    Perhaps one of these days I'll do a post about what I think should happen when a crime is committed. Then again, it would probably get me lynched.
    Like that's ever stopped me, lol.

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    1. It's a good saying Jac. Do write the piece. You are (mostly :-P) a reasonable person.

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  7. We also need to lobby for an end to the death penalty at times when it isn't one of or our citizens heading to the top of the queue. Sadly, rather a lot of our friends/allies/trading partners make (sometimes extensive) use of it.

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    1. EC, we do need to be arguing that constantly. Even Thailand hasn't killed a criminal for a long time, though it is still on their books.

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  8. I don't agree with the death penalty. But I hesitate to say that if you commit a crime as serious as drug smuggling in a country which has the death penalty, you should expect to pay the ultimate price if you are caught. Not politically correct perhaps but you need to make good decisions in your life.

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    1. Craig, absolutely true. If every Australian kid who messed with drugs in Indonesia, specifically Bali, was locked up there, we would have a rather depleted population.

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  9. It's sad for the family and friends of those two men. I'm glad it's over for all. They did the crime, death was the outcome.....

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    1. WA, stupid, selfish and greedy they were, as are so many people in the world. They certainly deserved severe punishment, but death?

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  10. huh. Remember I said they would probably keep on making a fuss about the whole thing, not saying one way or the other until most of the world forgot? Then they would be quietly let go? I was wrong.

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    1. River, huge interest in Indonesia and their deaths being used for political purposes ensured maximum publicity. You could have just as easily been right.

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  11. I felt the same as you when I awoke and heard the news :(

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    1. Fen, yes just a hollowness. Of course we should have more thoughts for the Nepalese earthquake victims.

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