Originally Posted by valanhb
So then, should the whole world have held a moment of silence for my mother? For our friend Floyd who was a decorated veteran? I guarantee that these two people did more to HELP people in the world than this drug smuggler did! They don't get honored by a whole flippin' country! And yet this person, who smuggled drugs which probably destroyed a lot of lives...he deserves a minute of silence because of the legal system in another country is going to execute him? Because of the way he dies?
Sorry, I vehemently disagree. If we held minutes of silence for those who DESERVE them, none of us would ever speak again. This criminal doesn't deserve it simply because of the way in which he dies. His death will be relatively painless compared to someone stricken with Cancer or AIDS or countless other diseases that they did nothing to deserve. Again, he KNEW going into it what the possible punishment would be. His greed outweighed everything else, including what might happen to his family if he was caught.
2) I would have been honored to have a moment of silence for your mom and your friend Floyd.
3) I do not see this as honoring this criminal. I see it as taking a moment to think. Thinking COULD be asking God to have mercy on him; however, it COULD be thinking about the cold serious result of his actions.
4) I don't know how they do things in Astralia. The way I invision it is that the minute of silence is voluntary. I can't imagine anyone enforcing it.
Heidi, again, I didn't mean to hit a nerve. Its just my opinion.