First of all, I must of course apologise for my very long absence, which I must put down to laziness, as well as basic exhaustion -- I don't know if I can really be bothered arguing against the bullshit that goes on in Singapore anymore.
Take for example, the lastest case of Iwuchukwu Amara Tochi, only 19 years old, who has been convicted of importing heroin into Singapore. Naturally, he is facing the death penalty. Isn't that nice? Amnesty has more here
, but really I have little hope for Tochi. He is Nigerian, and the Singapore establishment know his case won't excite much sympathy because the Singapore public are simply racist, and won't give much of a shit about his fate.
Of course, the same old nonsense will be trotted out in justification of taking this young man's life. It is necessary, it is claimed, in order to deter drug dealers from entering Singapore. Strangely, given that Singapore has the highest per capita rate of execution in the world, and most of these execution are for drug-related offences, no one seems to question why on earth the supposed deterrent effect doesn't seem to be detering these new cases which seem to crop up year after year after year.
However -- and herein lies the reason for the exhaustion I mentioned above -- I've realised those who think there is some kind of serious debate about this issue going on here are utterly mistaken. Using reason is pointless here because the Singapore government mafia and totally impervious to reason. Indeed, there is no debate either way, for no thinking, sane, reasonable person could find any justification for taking the life of a 19 year old boy (that's three bloody years younger than I am for God's sake) or indeed of any person, for an offense that neither directly causes death nor poses any immediate threat to society, and through a legal system which is crafted to assume guilt and impose mandatory death sentences for such offences. The thinking world, i.e. the world of adults who have moved past the mental age of four, knows there is no debate here. The mandatory death penalty for drug offences is repugnant, and can never be justified.
But in the world of the Singapore mafia, and the drugged population fed on pedestrian, inane, half-truths by a propaganda mouthpiece media, there is also no debate. This is a literal fact. There is no policy debate about anything fundamental; all the debate there is is about technocratic details of already existing policy. Singapore is governed by the 'home-truths' and private prejudices of Lee Kuan Yew and his mafia and the rest is just the icing on the cake, or rather the flies on the turd.
Now, I realise this makes me sound like a rabid, conspiracy-mongering, Chee Soon Juan-like figure. And one month ago, I would have reacted in the same way to some of the comments I am myself making here. But one month ago, I had not had the misfortune of working in the so-called Foreign Service of Singapore; I had not had the chance to listen to Ambassadors and High Commissioners and Desk Directors mention 'Lee Kuan Yew's book' every few sentences and the convoluted and supremely uninteresting and unobjective history of Singapore in the 1960s contained therein. I had not had the opportunity to learn that our fanatical fear and loathing of Malaysia, and our ridiculous inferiority/superiority complex is almost entirely driven by the private hopes and fears of that one man, Lee Kuan Yew, literally four decades ago. The only response when I hear this crap being spouted from the mouths of these High Commissioners, Ambassadors and Desk Directors, crap which they think are pearls of wisdom being carefully imparted to an ignorant younger generation, is to say: 'I don't care. And neither should you.'
So really all we're doing is, in Yawning Bread's phrase, waiting for a funeral. Not just a literal funeral of course, although that would certainly be a start. Once the Dear Leader is gone, perhaps his heir will not be so strong. Perhaps the fundamental -- and fundamentally repugnant -- values will be torn away and replaced by something more humane, more reasonable, more compassionate.
Until that time, there will be a lot more funerals to endure. When your basic values are the fascist ones of complete regard for the loony ideas of your Fuhrer, and the complete disregard for the worth evident in every human being, regardless of their intellectual, physical or emotional capacity, then one or two deaths along the way are nothing to lose too much sleep over.
As for me, I'll be waiting for that funeral.