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14th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1957 Kepler Wessels (South African cricketer)

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Died:

2009 Patrick Swayze (actor & dancer – Dirty Dancing)

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On This Day:

2012 Ferry sinks off Indonesia, killing 21

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Have a good Friday, 14th September

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17th August – On This Day In History

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Born:

1930 Ted Hughes (British Poet Laureate) 

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Died:

1850 Jose de San Martin (Revolutionary and General in South America leading in Argentina, Chile and Peru for independence from Spain)

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On This Day:

1950 Indonesia gains independence (from The Netherlands)

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24th April – On This Day In History

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Born:

1942 Barbra Streisand (actress)

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Died:

2004 Estee Lauder (cosmetics entrepreneur

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On This Day:

1950 Republic of South Moluccas is declared

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Have a good Monday, 24th April

 

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2nd November – On This Day In History

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Born:

1977 Randy Harrison (actor)

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Died:

1950 George Bernard Shaw (writer)

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On This Day:

1949 Indonesia recognized as a sovereign state by the Netherlands

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Have a good Wednesday, 2nd November

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Executions in Indonesia

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I have a dilemma…

My nature is one of non violence, and I cannot, in my heart, reconcile myself with the concept of capital punishment.

I hold human life in too high esteem, and question the right of one human being to make the cold blooded decision to take the life of another.

And I wonder at how anybody could actually find it in themselves to actually aim the gun, flick the switch etc to take the life of another.

But…

The people who were executed in Indonesia yesterday knew what they were risking when they made the choice to commit their crime.

They knew the risks, and perhaps the rewards were therefore so high that they decided to take on those risks.

More importantly, what right do those of us who are not citizens of Indonesia have to condemn the laws of another sovereign nation?

From what I have read, the people of Indonesia support the death penalty, and it is, after all, their country.

So I suppose I’ve sort of solved my dilemma.

Tragic as it is – a horror for not only those executed – but also for their friends and family, I can only pass on my deepest sympathy.

I cannot join the outcry against the Indonesian authorities.

The ultimate objective of the death penalty is to deter other people from doing the same thing.

I can only hope that somewhere, someone has changed their minds about risking their own lives, and the misery of their loved ones – so that the deaths have not been for nothing.

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