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What a barbaric country

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Singapore has a zero-tolerance policy for illegal drugs and has hanged hundreds of people - including dozens of foreigners - for narcotics offences over past decades, rights groups say.

Draconian. No interest to visit that city-state.

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Seems harsh, but just visit a drug-fueled mess like downtown Portland and you'll change your view.

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Seems harsh, but just visit a drug-fueled mess like downtown Portland and you'll change your view.

Murdering people for using drugs is pretty harsh, yep. Not something I'd support in any civilised country.

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I wonder what kind of virtual background the judge used...

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Don't you guys read? I actually agree with the statement. He is not a user but the dealer. He is nor using the drug. He distribute it. And what a good punishment that is for ruining other people's lives.

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Their country, their rules.

Everyone, everywhere, knows if you go to Singapore and traffic hard drugs, you can expect death by hanging.

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@Syahir Mario

Just holding a pretty small amount can lead to a death sentence.

https://www.tripsavvy.com/drug-laws-in-singapore-1629780

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Don't you guys read?

Sure do.

I read a lot of pro-death comments & I wonder why? Is it emotive or just knee jerk reaction to the drugs problem?

I don't condone drug dealing, I'd rather see it legalized for every country. Cut out the middle men, the cartels, the killings and supply users with clean, safe product. Put a tax on it so capitalism can continue.

Everyone's a winner.

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And what a good punishment that is for ruining other people's lives.

Mmm, if you just lift up a few rocks and take a look, you'll see that the lives of lots more people are ruined by the rich and powerful who always enjoy impunity and immunity from prosecution. Everybody knows that life isn't fair, but cruel and unusual punishments meted out the powerless only add to the wretched state of mankind.

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Don't you guys read? I actually agree with the statement. He is not a user but the dealer. He is nor using the drug. He distribute it. And what a good punishment that is for ruining other people's lives.

Not worth the death penalty. Remember, the people took the drug of their own volition.

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Drug dealers and narcos must be punished, period !!..

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Drug dealers and narcos must be punished, period !!..

By death?

Because people want to intoxicate themselves?

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I'd rather see it legalized for every country. Cut out the middle men, the cartels, the killings and supply users with clean, safe product. Put a tax on it so capitalism can continue.

Your Anglo friends in the East India Company had the same philosophy in the 19th century when they brought Asian countries to their knees. You can draw a direct line from that historical experience to the harsh drug laws adopted by nearly all Asian countries today. Drug importation is properly seen as a national security threat in Asia.

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Remember, the people took the drug of their own volition.

Desperate people with mental and physical illness (addiction) are sold poison by people seeking to make a quick buck. I say the poison seller got their just reward.

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I say the poison seller got their just reward.

Methinks that fount of wisdom, Shakespeare, would beg to differ:

There is thy gold, worse poison to men's souls,

Doing more murders in this loathsome world,

Than these poor compounds that thou mayst not sell.

I sell thee poison; thou hast sold me none.

(The forceful argument of Romeo as he persuades the poor, frightened apothecary to sell him an illegal, deadly drug, and one whose truth is still valid in our world today.)

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So if this made up story that in a setting of a hundred years ago, happened in this real world, in current day, things would be different?

You don't say...

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Seems harsh, but just visit a drug-fueled mess like downtown Portland and you'll change your view.

Oh, I definitely agree.

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if the plot of Romeo & Juliet were to occur in the modern day, the apothecary would likely be held criminally negligent, right? 

According to the circumstances in the story, the impoverished old man who sold Romeo the drug would have received the death penalty, if apprehended. The three takeaways from the play are: 1) Just as Romeo argued, poverty impelled the reluctant apothecary to sell, 2) Capital punishment for selling illegal substances has a very long history and thus we can see how far some societies have or have not progressed since the 16th century, and 2) Just as Shakespeare stated, gold aka money is responsible for far more harm in the world than drugs, a truism that is still 100% valid today.

The only way to deal with mankind's insatiable appetite for drugs of every description is to legalize, control and cure, not continue the barbaric custom of state-sanctioned killings that shames our species.

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The only way to deal with mankind's insatiable appetite for drugs of every description is to legalize, control and cure

Or you could do what actually works, which is what Singapore is doing. Because 'facts matter', as you liberals like to say, and the fact is that Singapore and other NE Asian countries like it have far less drug crime and illness with their approach.

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