The chilling reality
THE lives of two Australian drug smugglers were ended yesterday when their executions were carried out in Indonesia.
Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were the two ringleaders of the Bali Nine drug smuggling ring, and were caught smuggling heroin in 2005.
Everyone has an opinion on their fates: some believe they should have been allowed to live, others are okay the pair were sentenced to death.
My view is murkier than mud.
I’m no supporter of the death penalty – far from it.
I do not believe any one man, woman or group should have the power to decide who lives and who dies, for what reasons, and when.
I’ve toed the “do the crime, do the time” line for as long as I can remember.
If you visit another country, you adhere to their laws and risk their consequences if you break them.
I was comfortable with that view for as long as this saga had drawn out – Indonesia has a death penalty, they were caught, and that’s the consequence.
But waking up yesterday to the news it was over, I felt ... different.
Chan and Sukumaran should have spent the rest of their days in prison.
There are reports the pair had rehabilitated – which is fantastic if correct – but I personally have very little sympathy for drug smugglers.
With all that in mind, I can’t help but wonder what the reaction would have been had the final sentence been carried out in 2006.