I know people feel strongly about the death penalty, and there are a lot that believe if you have to have the death penalty, then hanging is one of the most barbaric ways to go. I tend to agree with that last one, but it’s not the point of this blog entry.
There is one site that has decided to hold the net citizens of Singapore responsible for this form of capital punishment (or punish Singapore surfers for the actions of its government).
If Singapore was a 100% democratic country, I would agree with them, however Singapore has what is called ’socialist democracy’, and having lived in it, I understand the subtleties of this political system (and I’m not about to comment on them here – I like my blog and I want it to stay online).
However I also know that Singaporeans do like the safety that they and their children enjoy in a country that has fewer violent crimes and a Prime Minister that hasn’t declared the war on drugs over and stated that the people have lost ( i.e. the drug lords won). Despite limitations on free speech and the cencorship of the press, that safety, that ability to walk down the street without fear is pretty valuable.
I wish people were as vigilant in fighting drugs and the inhumane deaths that occur because of them. I know how that side of life works, and while the death penalty is barbaric, is cruel and is absolute, drugs are barbaric, they are non-descriminatory, and you don’t have to be guilty of any crime to die from them. There is no solution – but this site’s reaction, in my opinion, is hypocritical, as they have dealt out an absolute as well – no access to anyone who surfs in Singapore, even if you’re a foreigner passing through.
They do have one chance that the death penalty doesn’t provide – they can reverse it.
Just food for thought, folks. Sorry to get so deep on a Tuesday night.
Comment posted by OzLady
at 1/17/2006 11:07:00 PM
Addendum – I jsut read on a BBC Article, that Amnesty International stated that “By imposing death sentences and carrying out high numbers of executions, Singapore is going against global trends towards abolition of the death penalty”
What – is this a popularity contest?
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and I agree that the death penalty is harsh, but if that isn’t one of the worst reasons I have ever heard, I don’t know what is.
My mother used to say “if the rest of the class jumped off the Harbour Bridge tomorrow would you?”
Most of the rest of the world is demanding drugs – that’s why there are traffickers. Maybe because the growing trend is to take drugs that’s what we should all do?
Sheesh – that’s poor analysis from Amnesty International – I would have expected more.
Comment posted by ozlady
at 9/16/2006 11:32:42 AM
Well, it seems that putfile.com has turned around and removed its ban to Singaporean visitors.