Malcolm Armsteen wrote:
There is no justification for the death penalty. Life is an inalienable right.
I can make a theoretical defence for torture much more easily.
I do believe that drugs can, and do, do harm to some people in some circumstances, whilst many others can indulge with little effect. That makes for a difficult decision on prohibition.
But now the whole debate is political, and that is even further from a reason to take someone's life.
Prohibition can only work if it meets the conditions of two premises:
1. The prohibited drugs are very dangerous and addictive, and the actions taken to prohibit them do less harm than good.
2. Prohibition makes a significant reduction in the use of drugs.
In the UK, based on these premises, prohibition has failed, cocaine funds violent Mexican cartels and is available just about anywhere, whilst cannabis can be grown by anyone, anywhere, and is very easy to find - underage teenagers may find it easier to get hold of weed than booze.
Whilst the laws in Indonesia are very draconian and extreme, as I believe that the death penalty can only ever be justified in Breivik style cases where a massacre has been carried out, and there is not even the slightest chance that the wrong person is going to be executed, I do not find much sympathy for the people who got caught with it as they knew exactly what they were getting themselves into.