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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Another lonely death

The hanging in Singapore of Australian drug trafficker Nguyen Tuong Van has caused a public outcry. It was a barbaric act, devoid of compassion or reason. Any country that sanctions state murder should be condemned.

There are, however, many Australians who don't share this view. Such support for cold-blooded murder is not a day to feel proud of being Australian.

5 Comments:

Blogger neoleftychick said...

I am not a supporter of capital punishment in my own culture, but I am not so sure I would be prepared to lecture other cultures on what is appropriate given their own individual histories and values.

But I have to smirk at the morally vain western bourgeois lefties who feel qualified to dismiss the justice in an asian society as "barbaric." Poor old Edward Said would be turning in his grave. ;)

Saturday, December 03, 2005 8:25:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Since Said is actually rotating over an open pit with an apple in his mouth and a skewer out his ass, he'd hardly be able to notice a mild insult like that.

Saturday, December 03, 2005 10:56:00 pm  
Blogger Jozef Imrich, Esq. said...

Life is priceless and sadly statute books are heartless in most countries ...

Sunday, December 04, 2005 7:31:00 am  
Blogger boredinHK said...

The history of execution in Singaore as I understand it is confused so judging anyone is a hard task.
Life should never be removed by the state though.The state should always protect it's citizens.

Monday, December 05, 2005 12:20:00 am  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

What's the difference between Nguyen Tuong Van's mum and Ricky Ponting?

Nguyen Tuong Van's mum is coming home with the ashes!

Monday, December 05, 2005 11:56:00 am  

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