I don’t care that 8 of the 9 executed by Indonesia in the last 24 hours smuggled drugs.
I don’t see punishment as a meaningful tool in the war on drugs any longer, demand drives drug use and supply never shuts because of punishment.
Indonesia’s political class carried out the executions for local populism, not because of public health or law and order concerns.
Past the outright corruption of the Indonesian law system, beyond the pointlessness of ineffective drug enforcement is the simple fact that a State in cold blood can end the life of a human being and call that ‘justice’.
Taking another human life through a court process, no matter how heinous the criminal act, is never Justice. It’s just state sanctioned murder drowning the moral high ground in blood.
No ifs, no buts, no maybes.
The first rule of Justice is mercy, without it there is only empty authority.