In a few hours, in the clean, affluent, modern state of Singapore, 25 year old Australian citizen Nguyen Tuong Van, will walk onto a scaffold, be blindfolded, have a noose placed around his neck and be dropped through a trap door. It is a several foot drop so hopefully his neck will break instantly and he will die very quickly.
This is barbarous. This is the cruel killing a young man, merely to set an example. Killing can only be justified in self defence. Nguyen Tuong Van is no threat to any Singaporean citizen. Setting aside the stupidity of criminalising drug abuse, Singapore has a right to punish those who break her laws. Hard labour and long prison sentences are perfectly justifiable. Snapping people’s necks is not.
Barbarity is barbarity whether committed in Zimbabwe, Singapore or Texas.
Our government should have the guts to tell Singapore that capital punishment is no longer acceptable in civilised nations.