If the crowing and bleating is this bad when one person goes to their death, just imagine how bad it will be when the 'Bali 9' go before the firing squad...
I am all excited with anticipation... NOT
UPDATE: 7:40 am, well it appears to have happened and going by the media coverage Van Nguyen is now a martyr. He can someone who could have been responsible for helping to ruin the lives of hundreds of people be a martyr?
The jokes have started too...
If you think the funnelwebs are deadly in Sydney, you should see the trapdoors in Singapore...
An SMS reportedly sent by Van:
"hi mum it's van... won't make it home for xmas, just hanging out in Singapore"
UPDATE: 8:00 am
I found this letter in the Straits Times. Yes, I know they are essentially a government mouthpiece but the points made are quite valid.
Nguyen pushed drugs despite twin's addiction
AS AN American who has accepted my country's use of the death penalty to punish murderers, I hope to offer a relatively objective view of the controversy over Singapore's execution of Australian heroin trafficker Nguyen Tuong Van.
I find the mandatory death sentence for the non-violent crime of drug trafficking to be incredibly harsh. I therefore would expect Australia to plead for clemency, and I support its efforts in doing so. Yet, I do not think that disputing the death penalty should devolve into attacks on Singapore.
Some Australian clemency sentiments have morphed into unfair and witless attacks on Singapore: Official calls for trade bans; threats of long-term resentment; a union's talk of refusing to service Singapore Airlines planes at Australian airports; and even the insulting characterisation of Singapore as a 'rogue Chinese port city'.
These attacks on Singapore lack the perspective of Nguyen's culpability and forget that Singapore did not instigate the present controversy - rather, Singapore is reacting to a crime with good-faith application of its long-established laws.
Have some Australians forgotten that Nguyen carried out an activity whose only possible outcome would be to harm the people of Australia? The country is his adopted homeland, it is the place that welcomed and supported his family fleeing Vietnam.
What makes his crime even more egregious is that he knew, first-hand, the harm that heroin can inflict on a family because his twin brother Khoa was an addict - yet he sought out the trafficking job, knowing full well that he would facilitate the pain of drugs he experienced upon other families.
Compare Nguyen's intended harm to Australia with Singapore's law enforcement: Looking at it with emotional detachment, Singapore's mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking, if anything, helps Australia.
By deterring traffickers from going through Singapore, a major transit point between heroin-growing regions and Australia, drug suppliers would have a much more difficult time distributing their poisons.
Singapore did not start the controversy, Nguyen did. Singapore has had its death penalty on the books for the past few decades. The country is enforcing the death penalty on Nguyen just as it had for hundreds of other criminals. This is nothing new.
Yet only now are some Australians attacking Singapore at a fever pitch-when the law is being enforced against an Australian.
Warren K. Woo
UPDATE: 2:40 pm
Queensland Parliament's silent tribute
Queensland parliament observed a minute's silence for hanged convicted drug smuggler Nguyen Tuong Van despite comments that it was an `insult' to diggers.
Premier Peter Beattie moved a motion to mark the death of the 25-year-old Melbourne man, who went to the gallows in Singapore's Changi Prison early today, as a `gesture of sympathy' for his family.
Geez, if you are gonna hold a minute's silence for Van Nguyen, why didn't you hold a minute silence for when David Birnie died in gaol? Mr Birnie and his wife only killed 4 women, the 400g of heroin could have ended or at least ruined hundreds of times more lives than that.
How about if Saddam Hussein gets the death penalty, will people plead for clemency or hold a minute silence for his death?