Thursday, December 01, 2005

Impending demise

Early tomorrow an Australian will be executed and, unsurprisingly, there has been a great deal of upset over Nguyen Tuong Van being hanged. The last person we hanged was Ronald Ryan back in 1967.

Now, like most Australians, I am opposed to the death penalty, but smuggling heroin through Singapore ranks as about one of the most stupid things you could possibly do because they are uncompromising hardarses and nothing escapes their notice. If you can't spit gum on the footpath without copping a hefty fine, what tolerance for a drug courier? There is no question in my mind that Nguyen would have been aware of this or, put it this way, if you haven't done a risk assessment of the countries you're travelling through, you have absolutely no business whatsoever trying to smuggle drugs through their customs.

Of course the noisy rightwingers will take me to task on this and point out that one has no business smuggling heroin whatever the risk, but that isn't my point. There are a whole range of countries that are more lax in their checking and/or more lenient if you do get caught. Singapore has a model that works very well for them; they're not going to change. Piss on the toilet seat there and you're asking for trouble. So isn't this just the Darwin Awards with an official spin?


At 4:46 am , Blogger Sherry Pasquarello said...

yep darwin/too stupid to live awardee. i have no sympathy for heroin dealers, seen too many lives, young and old wrecked.

At 9:42 am , Blogger Berko Wills said...

Sure, there is definitely that. I always wondered why heroin even came into the equation when there were so many safer alternatives.

Just how much better can the high be to be worth risking your quality of life and the respect of friends and colleagues?

Junkies are also notoriously treacherous. And there's that whole needle thing which just makes it creepy.

I am hoping that, with four major incidents involving Australians and drugs, that we heed the true words of our PM not to have anything to do with drugs (much as I hate such a nebulous blanket description) in South East Asia.


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