Sunday, November 9, 2008
Further Zebra Thinkings
I have no idea what to think about the execution of the Bali Bombers.
On one hand, I hate the thought of taking a human life. To think that there could be so much more to these lives. Or the huge effect that their deaths would have on the people around them. Also, what happens if the law system was wrong? What happens if they did not really do it? I'm pretty sure there has been a few people that were hanged or electrocuted and then were cleared when DNA testing came in.
On the other hand, I have a bit of a connection with the Bali bombings. Nothing too great. I was in Kuta less than a month before the bombings. (I think it was around 2 weeks before) I went on a school trip with my mum as I was studying Indonesian at school. I got to talk with the people, go to a local market, visit the temples and spend a few nights in the wonderful hills of Ubud. The second Bali bombings took place at Jimbaran Bay - the beautiful beach where we had a very special dinner on one of our last nights. I was more traumitised by this then I was by September 11.
So sometimes I feel like the deaths of these men are warranted - they ruined that idyllic holiday island, took the lives of so many people, and ruined the tourism of Bali - the one thing the locals count on to survive.
But then, these men were people, human lives and who are we to decide that they no longer deserve to live? How can we punish their decision that others lives are worthless, by reacting in the same way???
It's times like this that I wish I did think in black and white.