Friday, 6 March 2015

The impending execution

of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran and all the publicity surrounding it has to be recognised for what it really is - political power play.
The Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, is a weak president. He may have won the vote but he does not have the support of those he needs the most. 
There was absolutely no need for the huge security show put on to transfer the prisoners from Kerobokan. They could just as easily have been transferred in a prison van in full daylight with no fan fare at all. There was no danger they were going to be abducted and they had no chance of escaping. 
The way it was done has cost the Indonesian government millions of rupiah.  It was done as a warning and as a boast to Indonesians - and the world. 
It also distracts attention from the question of "who supplied Chan and Sukumaran"? The answer to that is, of course, the virtually untouchable drug lords. Those really at the top may have come from beyond Indonesia but there will have been powerful people involved in Indonesia as well. They will be people who have the power to make or break a President - and he knows it. 
The show of strength, the seemingly endless "preparations", the gloating "selfies" - all have nothing to do with the two young men who have spent ten years waiting for the summons to inform them of their execution. It is instead all about internal power games and a President who fears he might lose more than his position. 
It is about bullying - and cowardice. 


Helen Devries said...

I have always thought that the drug trade could not survive without the connivance of government.
And not just in Indonesia.

catdownunder said...

I think you could be right Helen!