Why I won’t Shed a Tear for the Bali Nine Duo
Look, I for one am well aware that the Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran may only have hours to live and that in itself is not “a particularly good thing” especially for those two guys concerned.
And you know, the cynic with me is tempted to pontificate whether these two wayward individuals would have gone on to participate in further drug smuggling endeavours had this particular mission not being foiled in the first place.
But heck, as well know that’s simply conjecture.
Certainly, Andrew and Myruran had the presence of mind not to conceal any drugs on their own person at the time the Bali Nine were apprehended and in fact Andrew and Myruran denied any association of being affiliated with the other drug mules whatsoever at the time of their apprehension.
From the testimony of the remaining Bali Nine members, Myuran was employed as the “hired muscle,” his mere foreboding presence serving as a reminder to the remaining mules as they were being strapped with packages of heroin on their bodies, that “backing out” at the last minute was not an option.
That we, as a collective nation should now be called upon to sympathise with the plight of Chan and Sukumaran as they face the consequence of their own actions as it’s being plastered across mainstream Australian media and along with it, the not so subtle condemnation of Indonesia’s perfectly legitimate legal system is something worth our consideration.
Perhaps if Chan and Sukumaran had kilos of heroin strapped to their own bodies in some ill-fated and naive attempt to make a few bucks, once could excuse that as the folly of youth. But they didn’t.
They knew what they were in for, and that’s why they set up others to take the fall.
I’d like to feel sorry for them, but I can’t seem to muster the feigned sympathy, other than for the fact that I feel sorry for their parents and what they are going through.
Perhaps Myurarn can take some comfort that within the next few days, his paintings are going to be worth a lot more than they are today, and as for Andrew, well, if he’s now so convinced that Jesus exists, well very soon he’s going to meet him.