Vice Squad
Tuesday, March 02, 2004
Policy Lessons From Abroad

Indonesia is finally getting around to enforcing its drug laws, and it is none too soon. According to this linked article (thanks to Crim Law for the pointer):"President Megawati Sukarnoputri in 2002 declared war on drugs, saying: 'For those who distribute drugs, life sentences and other prison sentences of dozens of years...are no longer sufficient. No sentence is sufficient other than the death sentence.'" And even possession is apparently a potential capital crime in Indonesia. Now that's a level of seriousness in combating drugs that I think we should all emulate.

Ugh. Could you imagine the President's statement applied to sellers of any other substance? Alcohol sellers: "No sentence is sufficient other than the death sentence." (Maybe those Iraqi thugs are progressive thinkers when it comes to their vice control.) Peanut sellers (after all, some people are deathly allergic to peanuts): "No sentence is sufficient other than the death sentence." Good thing that there is no violent crime or terrorism in Indonesia, so that police can focus their resources on those unfit-to-live drug possessors. Sorta like in the good ol' USA...

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