From toenail infections to firing squads. How blogging can take a turn in 24 hours. But this is what happens when you don’t blog for a while. There’s so much to talk about that one day it might be fungus and the next executions.
I’ve been trying to avoid any news about the “Bali 9” ring leaders (perhaps we should be calling them the Bali 2 now), because I am torn. On the one hand, I don’t agree that death is a fitting punishment for drug smugglers. But I can’t say I disagree with the death penalty completely. There’s plenty of criminals I think should be put in front of a firing squad. But I also think people who smuggle drugs into or out of a country with such strict and harsh laws do so taking the risk that they will have to pay the ultimate consequence.
I wonder if the roles were reversed how we would feel about Balinese people trying to tell us how to run our country. How would we feel about them telling us what to do with people who broke our laws? It seems you can set bombs off and kill people in Bali and be out walking the streets in no time. If they did it here, and were locked up for life sentences, what would be our response to Balinese people and political leaders pleading for us to have leniency?
I do wonder how there can exist a legal system in which people trying to smuggle drugs out (OUT!) of a country can be killed, when others who set off explosions which killed people can be free. I wonder why they couldn’t just deport them to Australia and ban them from Bali. I wonder what message they are trying to send by executing these Australians when so many before them have been pardoned. I wonder about a justice system in which officials can be accused of taking or asking for bribes in order to adjust sentences. Or how they can increase and decrease sentences whenever they feel like it. I wonder about a system that keeps people on death row for 10 years and then one day decides it’s time to shoot them. I wonder about countries where undercover police officers offer drugs to teenagers to try and trap them.
The more I think about it, the more I think executing these guys is completely wrong, on so many different levels. But I keep coming back to “Not our country, not our laws.” Then I think, “Well, oppression of women isn’t within our laws either, but we still speak out about their second-class treatment in so many countries.”
Do you see why I’m torn?
All of my logical thoughts on this are pushed aside by feelings of anxiety for these men, and their families. Regardless of what crime has been committed, could you imagine having to stand in front of a firing squad? I hope the Balinese are going to grant an 11th and a half hour stay. That their lives will be spared. But if they’re not, I hope the men die with peace in their hearts. I hope their families heal quickly. I hope other young people who think they are invincible and won’t get caught with drugs in Bali think twice.
And if they are executed, I’d really like Australians to stop traveling to Bali. That won’t happen of course. But I can tell you of at least 3 Aussies who won’t travel there, and that’s my little family.
Have you been to Bali? Will you go? Does the Bali 9 case have any influence on your decision?
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