So you now obviously know that the ringleaders of the Bali 9 Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have been executed in Indonesia last night. My thoughts on this event are torn. It’s very easy to say “fuck em” and “they deserved it” and other such things as it is not us in this situation. I have learnt through personal experience you don’t know shit until you are in the situation, so to comment on how you would handle things is just plain old hot air. These men are someone’s sons, someone’s brothers, someone’s friends and yes they did the wrong thing. A very stupid thing. They got caught and as a result suffered the consequences of Indonesian law. The pain that these families would have to endure for the next 10 years would be unimaginable and it makes me extremely sad for them to have to go through all this because their boys made a stupid choice. As a parent I know my kids are far from perfect and to even think about this happening to them is heinous.
However, this is where the bleeding heart in me ends and the brain takes over. These boys knew what they were doing. Christ, they were the ringleaders… to make them out to be brave and noble is complete bullshit. How many lives do drugs ruin? How many families are completely torn apart by drugs? How many children live a less than average life because of drug addicted parents? How many parents cry themselves stupid because of drug addicted children? How many lives could have been affected if the drugs that these pair were carrying and co-ordinating had have made it to our shores. As parents are we not shit scared of what these drugs can do to our children? The though of it terrifies me to the very core.
These men knew their consequences yet chose to run the gauntlet. Yes, they have been rehabilitated. They had no choice really, 10 years with having nothing else much to do I guess they would be rehabilitated. I do not agree with leaving them there for that amount of time only to kill them in the end. I find that unacceptable. I also find it unacceptable to blame Tony Abbott or any of the Australian government for not doing more. I saw some 2 bit actor the other afternoon telling Tony Abbott to get some balls and intervene! Really? REALLY????? What exactly do you want him to do? Then we have the #boycottindonesia. What the fuck is that going to do? Yes the government is corrupt….. nothing new there. It’s not like it has only just happened in the last 10 years. What happens to the majority of good people in Indonesia if we boycott holidays and spending etc? What happens to them? What, then they suffer because of what two stupid Australians did 10 years ago and Australia has the shits with their country because we didn’t get our own way. This is not how the world works idiots. To suggest this is ludicrous.
Look, I don’t profess to have the answers to any of this and this is obviously just my own opinion. There will be those of you who disagree with me and that’s fine. I expect that, and like I said I don’t have the answers.. but what I do know is this. Nothing good will ever come from drugs. In this country or any other country. There are always consequences for your actions and hopefully people will have learnt a very valuable lesson. To the families of these men, my heart goes out to you. I hope to never know your pain.