CLASSIC ‘UP YA NOSE’ ISLAM ON DISPLAY
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
The appalling circumstances that the families of the Bali two were forced to endure... the failure of the Indonesian Government to inform Australia that the executions had taken place, Joko Widodo leaving his phone off the hook and his crass insensitivity to international entreaties.
In response to requests for clemency Widodo said, “I will say this firmly: No-one may intervene with the executions because it is our sovereign right to exercise our laws”.
Early this morning, each of the condemned was taken alone from the Execution Island jail to one of the many wooded areas of the island, a place out of public view but where the gunshots would certainly be heard by those remaining back in the jail waiting their turn to be shot.
The shots were also reported heard on adjacent islands.
The condemned had the choice of sitting, kneeling or standing, tied to a pole, and whether to have a blindfold or not. It’s not yet known what the Bali two chose.
Each condemned was accompanied by a firing squad of twelve. Nine of their guns were loaded with blanks, only three held live ammunition.
The rich equatorial foliage for the last time smelled somehow more potent, more luxuriant than before. If only the condemned could ask for a little more time to breathe it in... but the soldiers had already raised their rifles and, on command, fired from 20 feet away at a stick-on label identifying roughly the position of a heart.
It was like being hit with three bulldozers, suddenly there was an awareness of what it’s like to face a firing squad for the first and last time.
The condemned slumped forward, twitching, with no more than three or four minutes of painful life remaining. The pain slowly gives way to an enveloping greyness, then nothing.
The bloodied body is then placed on a stretcher and carried back to the jail where another of the prisoners, silently waiting their turn, is taken to the woods.
This is certainly a well-practised Islamic approach to tenuous life but is it a civilised approach to the sanctity of life? Macho posters who say, “Good riddance to the drug pushing bastards” might have trouble pulling the trigger themselves.
But this stain on the human spirit belongs in the dark ages and it has nothing to do with drug pushers, or even murderers, paedophiles or thieves! It’s about life and those who deign to claim the right to maintain it or remotely snuff it out.
That’s one hell of a mantle to don, unless you are guided by the hand of an infallible deity... as Muslims believe they are.