April 29, 2015
Eight of the Bali-Nine have been executed.
An Indonesian firing squad has executed Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran and six other drug offenders.
The executions went ahead despite heavy international pressure on Indonesia and President Joko Widodo to grant clemency. . .
People who smuggle drugs are amoral.
Those who do so in countries which have the death penalty can not expect their own governments to save them.
But that doesn’t make the death penalty right. It is abhorrent.
The sixth commandment applies to states.
It is wrong for individuals to kill and it is wrong for their governments to kill.
September 17, 2009
On September 17:
1787 The USA Constitution was signed.
1883 USA writer William Carlos Williams was born.
1901 English adventurer Sir Francis Chichester was born.
Norfolk Island two cent stamp commemorating Chichester’s arrival in his Gypsy Moth in 1931.
1929 English racing car driver Sir Stirling Moss was born.
1931 US actor Anne Bancroft was born.
1941 The death penalty was abolished in New Zealand.
1944 the airborne invasion of Holland began. Operation Market Garden is celebrated annually.
Waves of paratroopers land in the Netherlands during Operation Market Garden in September 1944.
Sourced from BBC On This Day, NZ History Online and Wikipedia.