OPINION: It's the death penalty that is the issue

SHOULD Bali Nine ringleaders Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan be executed by a police firing squad in Indonesia?

That's a question many Australians are debating today as the two men get ready to meet their maker.

The two knew the risk they were taking, they didn't care about the harm the drugs they were bringing in would cause and it's almost certain if not caught their drug trafficking days would have continued on.

As such if you said yes they deserve to die, you would have many supporters standing alongside you voicing the same.

But we all know the issue here is much more than that.

It comes down to who believes in the death penalty?

I don't and as such believe the two Australians should not be marched into the jungle late at night and cut down under a hail of bullets.

The Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, has refused to consider clemency saying that their deaths and that of the other seven who will be killed at the same time is a warning that must be shouted out to all drug offenders.

I don't agree - spending 20 years in a cesspit jail for trading in drugs is more than enough of a deterrent. You don't need to prove to the world that Indonesia arrogantly listens to no one other than themselves.

If we didn't realise it before we should all know it now, Indonesia is a rude, corrupt country that needs to be avoided at all costs.



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