Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Indonesian executions - reflections on the death of eight prisoners, including Bali nine organisers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan
Sydney Morning Herald.
Many issues are raise by the case. A few things are clear.
First, the Indonesian people cannot be blamed for the decisions of their Government. Some of the threats of retaliation are very silly and actually frightening.
Secondly, the whole case took place within a frame set by national sovereignty and Indonesian domestic politics. That's no different from Australia, or indeed any other country.
Thirdly, the Australian Government has no choice but to react strongly. I don't think that public opinion will allow any other option. .
Australia and other countries involved need to indicate their displeasure at the Indonesian Government's decision. This should be done not by hurting the Indonesian people, they are not responsible, but by official punishing action directed at the Indonesian Government. Of course, this will pass, but if you don't make the point, future change will not be possible.
The Australian Government, and the Australian people, should also take a lesson. It's not possible in a globalised world to make domestic political considerations the total determinant of action independent of view elsewhere.
It's not just what is done, but also how it is done..Indonesia has handled this very badly