Sunday, November 20, 2005

Singapore Sling

OSM News covers an AP story about an Aussie (named Nguyen) that is facing death for a drug trafficking conviction.

Two points...

First, when are dumbass drug smugglers going to get the hint that trafficking in drugs in SE Asia is a very, very bad idea?!! How dense--or mebbe high?--do ya have to be to strap some heroin to yer keister and hop on a flight to Kuala Lumpur/Singapore/Bangkok? Spell it with me kiddies,
A-M-S-T-E-R-D-A-M. Get it?

Second, Sinapan Samydorai, a spokesman from local civic rights group Think Centre contributes the following.
The government here seems to be unnecessarily cruel without any mercy given to those who have made an honest mistake. Why not give the person a second chance?
Strapping 384 GRAMS of heroin to your butt and your luggage is NOT a honest mistake.

Grabbing a bag that looks just like yours, but that is stuffed with drugs--THAT is an honest mistake. Mr. Nguyen made a choice. Even, if as reported, it was to help his brother--it was an extremely poor choice.