Thoughts: Death Penalties

There’s a lot of discussion around the impending Bali 9 executions and my current thinking is that I’m ok with it.

Heroin Smugglers. Not only impacting the lives of the 7 mules (and how many others?) and their families, but the lives of those destined to purchase, inject and sell themselves to obtain more. Sure, they may have been reformed and found Jesus in prison, but they knew the consequences if they were caught. And they were. It’s easy to feel remorse about your actions if there is no alternative.

People. Don’t screw with Indonesia if you’re into drugs. A word from the wise.

Which brings me to the piece of excrement currently before our courts, charged with murdering Blessie Gotingco.

If even a fraction of the Prosecution’s case is accurate, then surely this is a valid case for NZ to have the death penalty. If he did these horrific things, why on earth should we pay $80k each year for the next 40-50 years to keep him alive? He’s decided that the rules and expectations of our society don’t apply. He has contempt for life. So why should he be given his?

Sure, we can tell ourselves that not having a death penalty in NZ somehow makes us a more evolved and humane society and as such we can look at other nations with a large degree of judgement, but in this case, I believe, if he is guilty, then he doesn’t deserve to live, and our collective sense of smug can fuck off.

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