Friday, July 29, 2016



FROM CNN:

"Indonesia executed four convicted drug offenders by firing squad early Friday, the country's deputy attorney general said." ... "Two Nigerians, one Senegalese and one Indonesian man were executed, the attorney general's office confirmed. Petitions to review their cases had been denied."
No one is more opposed to the death penalty than me.  It demeans civilized society.  It also leads to innocent people being executed.
BUT WHO ARE WE OR ANYONE ELSE TO TELL INDONESIA HOW TO ADDRESS THE DRUG PROBLEM IN THEIR COUNTRY?
No one is ever going to get me to support the death penalty under any circumstance.  But this reality does not mean, it never serves a purpose.
Mexico has no death penalty, but thousands of innocent people are dying every year in Mexico because the drug cartels know escape from a prison is no challenge and the death penalty is something they do not have to fear.
How many innocent people must die because of drug cartels, before these people protesting the executions in Indonesia will say the Lives Of Innocent Victims Matter
What angers me is Amnesty International cares more about foreigners bringing drugs into Indonesia than the innocent people dying every day because of the drug cartels, and smugglers.  I do not support what Indonesia has done in executing these 4, but I am not going to denounce them for addressing a problem they consider a threat to the safety and welfare to their people. 
While at an intellectual level I may oppose the death penalty, I will never tell another country how to deal with threats to their people.  
I do not understand why the death penalty is okay for murder, but not being an accessory to murder as a drug mule, or cartel member.  Why is being an accessory to murder through a weapon a basis for the death penalty, but being accessory to murder through drugs is not?  It is distinction without a rational explanation. 

No comments: