For Australian Nguyen Tuong Van, time is running out. Tomorrow morning Singapore time he will be hanged. His crime? Importing heroin. The debate between Australia, which does not have the death penalty, and Singapore, which obviously does, has been fast and furious, but in the end the Singapore government will not be moved. It seems this 25 year old former refugee will be dead tomorrow.
Now, I am against the death penalty. I don't feel that anything is gained by state sanctioned murder even in the most extreme cases of serial killers or supreme sadists. With pro death penalty advocates, there seems to be an almost sickening 'eye for an eye' attitude which I believe undermines our humanity, deep I know...
Still even advocates of the death penalty may be shocked that a simple drug smuggler is going to be hanged. The argument is that a drug dealer or smuggler is bringing misery to many people and so should be punished. Well, in the end, where is the responsibility? These people are only feeding a demand. Instead of killing people, maybe governments like Singapore should look at why there is a demand in their country.
San Nakji for President!