Today's news has been saturated with the deaths of the 'Bali Bombers'. I was struck by how united most of the media seem to be over this event. For days we've seen interviews of Australians in Bali eager to see these men 'get their due'. For a country that does not have the death penalty, many of us appear to be quite content to watch Indonesia enact theirs in this instance. I wonder if they had been Australians whether we would have been so unanimous in our bloodlust?
Don't get me wrong. I'd be the first to admit that if it were me or my family that had been directly affected by the bombings, my feelings might not be so clear. But isn't that the point? Don't we sometimes need to take a step back and examine things with a little more objectivity for our best to come out? Is the taking of human life as punishment for the taking of human life really the best we can do? I'm proud to be a citizen of a country which has found its way past capital punishment. Let's not forget why we did that.