Drugs are their own self-inflicted punishment. There shouldn’t be additional punishment.
I agree that killing people to make a point is morally unjustifiable. But I’m sure it does make a loud point: If I were to smuggle drugs, I’d think thricely and then some about smuggling to a country with an “instant death ruling” like China, middle east, etc. But read on…
We do live in a country where you could earn yourself a burning necklace for swiping a cellphone.
I wonder aloud whether the metaphorical “they” don’t maybe have her family tied up somewhere as insurance that she goes through with the deal (which now obviously she won’t). Remember a lot of people end up smuggling drugs as a way of paying off a debt to some drug cartel, “or else”.
This is what makes the whole death penalty thing stink. It is quite probable that the person at the airport never intended to be doing this shit in the first place.
So moreover, drugs are their own punishment.
But lastly, that is the law of that country. I don’t have to like it to realise that once I cross into their country and commit a crime, I am subject to those laws. Good luck to anyone endeavouring to change China into a bleeding-heart liberal state from the outside. You only have a couple of thousand years of ‘civilisation’ to undo.
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