“Went through my bags like McCartney in
I didn't have a thing so I didn't give a damn
You can't trick me
'Cause I've been to
First off: Innocent or guilty? It seems fantastic that
Since bag and board were there in the courtroom it didn’t matter that they hadn’t been weighed when the drugs were found, they could have been weighed in court. That her defence didn't raise the weight discrepancy suggests there wasn't one. Guilty? Seems likely.
The real ‘drug problem’ is not that some people take drugs, it is that the busybody Puritanism of The War on Drugs™ has made drugs criminally expensive, put drug profits and control of drug quality into the hands of criminals and corrupt policemen, and has criminalised people like Shapelle Corby. Read here for example. As H.L Mencken said of such people, "A Puritan is someone who is desperately afraid that, somewhere, someone might be having a good time."
Is that really sufficient motivation to criminalise those guilty of nothing except pleasing themselves?
Bollocks, says me. Frankly, you’re free to criticise anything as an outrage wherever it occurs and no matter the ‘culture,’ and this is an outrage. You can say she’s stupid for smuggling drugs to a country in which the stuff is cheaper than it is back home and for which a death penalty is in operation, but your main criticism should be directed at the laws that criminalise such stupidity.
It’s not an outrage that she’s been found guilty -- she probably is – it’s an outrage that the War on Drugs™ has found another victim. Australians and New Zealanders who have responded to the injustice they see in the
The Sydney Morning Herald editorialised today,
...long before the sentence was handed down many concerned Australians had elevated
If you are a stranger who was touched by Corby’s plight, then why not be moved to make her a martyr to a worthy cause – not whether or not she is innocent or guilty; not the state of Indonesian justice; but the abject bloody hypocrisy of the War on Drugs™ that makes martyrs of such as she.