Saturday, March 19, 2011

Schapelle Corby - The Exquisite Thorn


















Dewi Anggraeni now thinks Schapelle's a thorn in the side of bi-lateral relations, though just three days after this young Australian citizen was sentenced by Indonesia to a savage 20 years, Dewi hinted Australians were racist for objecting to a judicial system that deliberately trashed every shred of physical evidence she begged for . . .
. . . and also "Racist" for objecting to a judge who appeared indifferent to universal legal principles, and blithely unaware of the laws of his own country.

So perhaps Dewi thinks The Political and Economic Risk Consultancy are a bunch of racists too?

I'm deeply opposed to all forms of racism, and I strongly object to corrupt officials (of any colour), taking shelter behind unfounded allegations of racial discrimination. I'd object to the way Schapelle was treated if her persecutors were blonde and blue eyed, or green with purple polka dots.

Having said that, there is a substantial layer of Australian society not known for their sympathy to foreigners. Sad but true, and they also vote, so they can't be ignored. By stubbornly continuing to incarcerate an innocent woman longer than murderers and terrorists, I'm afraid Indonesia is inflaming an already volatile group, and it's completely unnecessary. For goodness sake, there are much bigger interests at stake, so why the hell can't a few sensible adults just quietly agree to stop torturing an ordinary young woman, and let the whole unfortunate incident quietly fade back into obscurity? Before it gets bigger than Ben Hur . . .

With Schapelle home, everyone wins, and commentators can finally stop mentioning her every time they talk about Indonesia . . .