Editorial in the Bangkok Post:
Quick executions no solution to drug problem
When the voice of reason is that you should take some time before executing convicted drug offenders rather then executing them immediately, then the entire conversation itself exists in some bizarro world outside civilized society.
Civilized societies do not execute criminals.
Neither do civilized societies execute non-criminals.
The Land of Smiles is also the land of the prison cell and the summary execution. I think Thailand is the world’s number 4 jailer, right after America, Russia, and China. Beware, should you choose to visit.
The old prime minister, Thaksin, gave the police the green light to just execute drug offenders–pull them out of their house and shoot them in the head in front of their kids, and the cops killed THOUSANDS of people like that. The country has an undercurrent of violence that is not visible on the surface.
I’ve lived in Vietnam for 12 years now, and I know the incarceration rate is very low, here. Vietnam does have the death penalty, but there’s a lot of moral wrangling over it, and they are certainly not executing thousands. I feel a lot safer in Vietnam than I would in Thailand or America, mostly because I’m not as afraid of the police here as I would be back home.
It seems the police in America can do anything they want these days, anything at all, and nobody can stop them.
I tend to agree. When the drug war is finally over, summary executions of the war criminals who perpetrated it might be emotionally satisfying on some level, but even monsters are entitled to a fair trial. It’s important that in defeating them, we not become them.
Oh, is that not what we were talking about?
Is it ok if we just imagine pulling their arms and legs off?
Anger grew and at one point some relatives clashed with police as they tried to force their way into the building.
“Due to the drug traffic that happens in our country the number of inmates has increased rapidly and our response, our economic capacity to respond to that increase hasn’t been enough,” Honduran Foreign Minister Arturo Corrales told the BBC.