These are the circumstances pertaining to today’s comments.
‘Execution’ is such a harmless word. Here’s what it means in Australia today.
Less than 24 hours ago on Nusakambangan Island in Indonesia, Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, together with six other prisoners (one of whom was schizophrenic and unsure what was happening, one of whom still had appeals pending) were taken out into the still, warm night with targets pinned to their chests, tied to stakes and shot.
Any execution is an act of arrogant hypocrisy. No human being has the right to take another’s life except in self-defence.
In this case, as the editor of the SMH wrote today, Above all mankind has been diminished by yet another act of barbarism in the cause of political expediency.
I am not in the mood to write jolly prompts.