Artists Advertise Their Hatred Of Abbott, Not Their Compassion For Chan And Sukumaran

Posted on Tue 04/28/2015 by

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Bolt New 01By Andrew Bolt ~

 BACKGROUND

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are currently awaiting execution by firing squad in Indonesia for drug smuggling, and the executions, for so long delayed by legal processes are now imminent, and could be carried out within 24 hours. Both of these men were the gang based handlers for 7 ‘mules’ who were arrested in 2005 at an Indonesian airport with Heroin strapped to their bodies. In total, the heroin added up to 8.3 Kilograms (18 Pounds). The 7 ‘mules’ who had the heroin strapped to their bodies gave up Chan and Sukamaran as their handlers, and both were in a Sydney based gang, and had organised this drug smuggling trip to Indonesia to bring the drugs back to Australia. It was Chan’s third trip to Indonesia to smuggle drugs. The first was successful, the second was abandoned over money problems and the third saw them arrested. They were tried and sentenced to death, while the ‘mules’ were all sentenced to Life in Prison in Indonesia. Withe the election of the new President in Indonesia, those executions have again started to be implemented, and this is the second round of those multiple execution, and while this just concerns these two Australian citizens, there are a number of people scheduled to be executed in this round. Once the death penalties started up again, there has been constant pleas from the Australian Government, both at a Ministerial level, and also from the Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Andrew explains in the following Post how, now that the executions are imminent, all the blame seems to be very conveniently put down to the fault of Prime Minister Abbott…..TonyfromOz.

Abbott haters in the entertainment business use the pending execution of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan to vilifiy the Prime Minister as lacking “balls” and being weak in fighting for the lives of the two drug smugglers.

If you want to see the face of a vicious sanctimony – of artists who feel that filming a little clip on their iPhone outweighs all the furious efforts Abbott has in fact made – then watch this. CAUTION: not recommended for those with weak stomachs:

The roll call, and note well their names:

Those who appear in the film include actors Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, Bryan Brown, Deborah Mailman, Joel Edgerton and Brendan Cowell.

Others are people I’ve never seen before, but maybe this video will boost their profile.

Probably the most offensive contribution:

“Tony, if you had any courage and compassion you’d go to Indonesia and bring these boys home,” Cowell says in the video. “Show some balls.”

It’s a common and contemptible theme from participants who seem only too glad to make Abbott the scapegoat for executions neither he nor any other leader can stop:

Another participant says Mr Abbott should show some “ticker” and another asks: “Where are you Mr Abbott?”

video__thumbProbably the most idiotic suggestion is this, from that video, where some woman, shown at right, who I can’t recognise, and she said the following:

Tony Abbott you need to give diplomatic immunity and protection to Andrew and Myuran before it’s too late.

All image, no substance.

Let’s leave aside the humiliation and dangerous precedent of Abbott appointing two convicted heroin smugglers as Australian diplomats simply to confer on them diplomatic immunity from Indonesian justice.

Concentrate instead on the simple fact that Indonesia has the power under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations to refuse to recognise Chan and Sukumaran and would without question turn down any such an idiotic request from Australia with deserved contempt:

The receiving State may at any time and without having to explain its decision, notify the sending State that the head of the mission or any member of the diplomatic staff of the mission is persona non grata or that any other member of the staff of the mission is not acceptable. In any such case, the sending State shall, as appropriate, either recall the person concerned or terminate his functions with the mission. A person may be declared non grata or not acceptable before arriving in the territory of the receiving State.

This is a video made by people who are largely ignorant of what has been done and what can be, and who seem to think the best way to advertising their superior virtue is to vilify someone else while puffing themselves..

And if they really wanted to do something for Chan and Sukumaran, filming a selfie really doesn’t cut it.

UPDATE

It really is all about seeming, not doing. Confronted by a journalist, Cowell reveals he doesn’t actually have a clue what Abbott could actually do:

But Cowell did not offer any ideas for what Mr Abbott could do to prevent the execution.

“I’m not a politician, I don’t know exactly what happens, I don’t pretend to, I didn’t study it, but all I’m saying is just get in there, just do as much as you can,” he said.

He has no clue, he admits, yet still feels qualified to denigrate Abbott for not doing what Cowell knows not what.

UPDATE 2

Reader Dougal:

So if this compassionista class of actors and other multi-millionaires are so concerned why haven’t they clubbed together and offered Indonesia a sum of money to stop the executions (discussed on ‘Paul Murray Live’ last night)?

Why is multi-millionaire Geoffrey Rush not offering a million to save their lives? Why Geoffrey? It’s only a million.

How about you Guy Pearce? How much are you paid to stand in front of a camera and read lines? You can’t spare any of your money? Why Guy, why?

Bryan Brown, you must have a nice tidy sum stashed away? Probably have a few properties too. How about you sell one for them, Bryan?

Joel Edgerton, you must be richer than the character you played in ‘The Great Gatsby’. Have you offered any money to stop their deaths? Why Joel, why?

UPDATE 3

Indonesia’s president is too weak to grant clemency to Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran even if he wanted to:

Joko Widodo, who took power just six months ago with stratospheric approval ratings, should have been feted when he appeared before his party’s national congress earlier this month.

Instead, he was humiliated. As he sat in the front row, his party’s chairperson, Megawati Soekarnoputri, harangued him from the lectern. She said that he owed the presidency to her. She told him to do as he’s told:

“It goes without saying that the president and vice president must toe the party line,” said Megawati, herself a former president and the daughter of Indonesia’s late founder, Soekarno.

“As the ‘extended hands’ of the party, you are its functionaries. If you do not want to be called party functionaries, just get out!”

Megawati’s speech won applause described by the Indonesian media as thunderous. And the president’s speech, which he had with him, ready to be delivered?

It was not heard. Jokowi, the nickname by which he’s universally known, was denied the opportunity to speak to his party congress. It was, in all, a brutal and calculated putdown.

He meekly accepted this public humiliation. When reporters asked his response to Megawati’s tirade, he replied: “It was very good.” It was abject. But she is the power behind his throne…

Jokowi campaigned on the need to be tough on drug offenders. He called for the restoration of the death penalty, suspended by his predecessor. And Megawati is now pressing him hard on the issue. As part of his ritual humiliation at the party conference, she goaded him publicly on the issue:

“Megawati said to him at the party congress, ‘Why haven’t the executions been carried out already – you aren’t buckling to foreign pressure, are you?’” says Greg Fealy, a leading ANU scholar of Indonesia.

“The politics is that death penalty is extremely popular in Indonesia, Jokowi is slipping in the polls, he’s desperate to turn it around, and of the available issues this is the most readily available on which he’s looking strong, according to most Indonesians,” says Fealy.

This is beyond terrible for Chan and Sukumaran. It is also a deep concern for Australia. How can the Abbott Government confide in and negotiate with a President so weak?

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book  Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.

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