You know, I’ve been increasingly uncomfortable with this endless… what would you call it… vigil… wait… for the deaths of the Bali bombers.
It’s as if as soon as they are gunned down by the firing squad the whole of Australia can take a deep breath and feel safe again.
Three more deaths is not going to bring our innocence back.
Yes, these men committed a heinous crime. No one could dispute that.
Yes, they don’t appear to be repentant. At all.
And yes I so feel for the families and the victims of the attack.
But to say these men deserve the death penalty just feels so wrong to me.
I don’t believe in the death penalty. I don’t think it solves anything. It doesn’t bring the victims back. It doesn’t deter others. It makes martyrs of criminals.
And how can the Australian government appeal for clemency for Australians overseas if we don’t speak up for these men?
All the death penalty does is bring law abiding citizens down to the same level – and I don’t want to go there.
I just don’t want to go there.