mdso wrote:It is only when it affects us deeply, cuts us to the core, do we begin a process of trying to do something to implement change.
But why do only Australian's on death row cut us to the core? And why now, after almost 10 years?
Looking at this situation differently. Imagine if one of these men was your brother or someone you know, would you look at this differently? I'm certain most people would answer yes. I get your point, there are people being executed in other places we do not make a fuss about them where ever they are. The facts are, that Australia has a relationship with Indonesia like Essendon have with the AFL. Seriously. Whilst we trade there are some very ugly unaddressed issues of the past which remain unresolved. For instance, the five journo's who were hunted down and executed when the Indonesians waged war on Bilbo - East Timor. Both the Australian and Indonesian Governments worked together to clamp a brake on what really happened, lied and the truth was hidden for decades. No one yet, has been held responsible for the crime.
The death penalty does not stop drug trafficking. It doesn't stop people using, selling or making drugs of all kinds. It does not stop people from taking and asking for bribes. However, it does support a black underground economy which supports Government Departments, The Police Force, The Justice System, The Prison System, Rehab Centres and the Court System. Having worked within some of those system/s, I have seen from the inside out, how hard it is to rehabilitate people in jail. The facts are that anyone who is rehabilitated at all, is a miracle because the system is not set up to operate that way. It is set up for recidivism. Jails overseas, particularly Asian jails, are far worse than our system and the corruption inside and out is worse too.
Here you have two blokes, who have "supposedly" been rehabilitated who could be, far more valuable alive than dead, to both countries.
I agree with the questions you are asking, we won't get answer from our government. My opinion is one from looking outside the box.
Nothing usually happens until something happens.