...to keep this a non-political and non-social commentary site! Then again, what do you expect for an MA student who studies politics and international relations?
I'm sorry, but another two Aussies copped death sentences in Bali for organizing a heroin smuggling ring that was to send about 8,000 hits worth of heroin to Australia. I know that there are some elements in Australia that think this is too harsh. I don't agree. they knew the risks, they have seen recent reports of other Aussies receiving death and life sentences for the same crime. If those 80,000 hits got into Australia, how many others would have had their lives ruined? They knew the chances, thought they were invicible, and took a fall. Too bad. Their seven cohorts, who were supposed to be so-called "drug mules" all received life sentences.
What is regrettable is what the parents have gone through. They are told by their kids that they are going interstate for a holiday, only to find out through the Aus government that they have all been arrested in Bali for drug trafficking charges. As if the emotional shock isn't bad enough, these parents have to get to Bali to be present for the court trials and to support their kids, and turning their lives upside in doing so.
These kids have demonstrated utter foolishness and selfishness, and although the penalty is harsh, they knew full well what they were getting themselves into.