The Bali Nine. We are going to be hearing a lot about them in the near future. What a bunch of idiots. IMHO it doesn't matter whereabouts in the drug trade you get involved, it is not a good idea. Doing drugs, dealing drugs, trafficking drugs - it makes no difference.
With all of the publicity surrounding the Schapelle Corby case you think they would have known better. Mind you, there could be some compelling reasons for these people to decide to be drug mules. The offer of $15000 may have been too much to resist, especially if they had a drug habit or a debt to pay back and could see no other way around it. Not only have they ruined their own lives but those of their families. The drug lords are untouched and probably not too bothered.
I agree with the lawyer for two of the Bali Nine who said that their clients were "Stupid". Very succinct - very unlawyer-like. No argument from myself.
What I find incredible is the fact that the Australian Federal Police, who knew that the run was on, have been criticised for allowing the Indonesian Police to arrest the drug runners in Indonesia, where the death penalty still applies, instead of waiting for them to arrive in Australia. What planet are these critics living on? Should we be letting Australian drug runners into our country and then arresting them because they won't be put to death here? What about the death, illness, social breakdown and family breakdowns that they will help inflict in this country?
I have no time for druggies or the people who supply them. If there was to be a whip 'round for the expense of the bullets, as death by firing squad is the most likely outcome, I don't think there would be any problem with the money being raised in Australia. Why on earth should we protect the lives of these people who have shown callous disregard for the lives of other humans?
Good on the AFP and the Indonesian Police. Let the Indonesians sort them out because they will do the job properly.