For us as Australians where our last execution was nearly 50 years ago, the ongoing saga of the pending execution of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan has seem cruel, and indeed almost appears to be a form of torture.
Clearly from the outset let me say from a western standpoint I think that the death penalty is barbaric, and largely unwelcome in a civilized community.
The remarkable job of the Indonesian Justice system in rehabilitation seems to an an incredible waste if the sole purpose is to execute bad people when the turn food. The tough stance of drugs being voiced, is matched by an observation that there have been other issues where Indonesian justice seems to have been less firm.
I have no intent to tell the Indonesians how to run their country or their jurisprudence. I do feel sad that two seemingly reasonable human beings appear to be going to suffer a state sanction killing for very little purpose or value.
Whilst still praying for a change of heart on the part of the Indonesians, I also pray peace a strength for these two human beings.
That does not imply in any way that I wish to go soft on drugs, however sadly if it goes ahead I will think it diminishes Indonesia. I know today I have little desire to return to place we we enjoyed our honeymoon.