BRITISH HAVE NO RIGHT TO VILIFY JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST– There are literally tens of thousands of Brits living in or visiting foreign countries every year that fall foul to the laws of the land.
One recent case was that of Rebecca Blake, from Surrey, who whilst working in Dubai, was accused of having sex in the back of a taxi cab.
Such an offense in the UK would have probably resulted in a piffling fine, if in fact it had ever reached a court of law; that alone would most probably be highly unlikely.
However as Ms. Blake discovered being accused of such an act in Dubai is considered highly offensive and illegal and as such the punishments for such a crime are often severe.
There is a twist here because Ms. Blake was still technically married. No, not to Conor McRedmond, the chap she had an alleged romp with, but another in the UK.
Under strict Islamic law such an act is considered adultery; regardless of whether you have indeed separated. Ms. Blake’s lawyer recommended she didn’t reveal this fact to the court for the penalty of being found guilty for adultery in Dubai is death by stoning.
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I know, I know, this is all very medieval, draconian and barbaric but what about the issue of upholding the law?
How many Brits continue to moan and berate the British justice system when a foreigner is caught engaging in a crime only to be handed a slap on the wrist with the threat of deportation which inevitably results in being blocked by the European Court of Human Rights?
Ah, yes, double standards and more than a little nonsensical rhetoric from the British public as they so often feel that foreign laws are far too strict and yet vilify the British courts for their leniency.
Yes it could be argued that stoning someone to death for adultery is extreme but how many times have we actually read an article about such a penalty being handed down? Such a penalty is in fact rare and even when carried out we should have no right to voice an opinion.
The truth is that in the Middle East crime is treated as an insult to the honest and decent citizens and therefore the punishment for crime should be harsh in order to deter those thinking about engaging in crime.
Certainly we have seen a number of cases this year where the likes of Iran and Saudi Arabia have hanged criminals for the crimes of murder and rape.
The criminal justice system, in most Middle Eastern countries is also extremely swift – convicted today, hanged tomorrow and in the process saves the taxpayer from the cost of housing, clothing and feeding criminals.
The issue here is not about the crime or the punishment but rather the acceptance that other countries have different customs and laws and as such we must, when visiting or residing in these countries, accept such.
What the British need to do is to stop attempting to make others out to be barbaric and concentrate more on the issues we have at home; regarding the atrocities that are committed and how we simply accept the status quo that criminals will get away with their crimes.
Stop for a moment and consider Tony Blair. Here is a man that committed an act of treason by knowingly allowing falsified intelligence documents to be used in order to illegally invade a sovereign nation.
As a result he is directly responsible for the murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children; not to mention the growing number of deaths of our armed forces personnel.
What do the British do? Well nothing much really – I haven’t seen any mass protests on the streets and even the Chilot Inquiry has become pretty much a lame duck.
Yes the British appear so eager to point the finger at other nations and declare them barbaric whilst at home our own failing justice system allows criminals to get away with crime; yes even that bordering on genocide.
Maybe, just maybe, we should consider taking a closer look at other types of justice systems; ones that would allow us to impose meaningful punishment.
Of course there is the argument that the Death Penalty is not a deterrent for murder but it sure does stop them from ever taking the life of another innocent person and it’s a damn sight cheaper than keeping them locked up until they naturally expire.
What’s so barbaric about flogging? The Singaporean’s still use it today and with great effect. I’ve been to Singapore on a number of occasions and I can tell you it is a fabulous place.
Yes Singapore has crime but it also has a system of real punishment. I once sat in the back of a taxi cab talking to a driver who was born and raised in Singapore.
I asked him what crime was like and he said that it existed, as it does in any country, but crime wasn’t rampant. He even told me he would be more than comfortable to allow his 13 year old daughter to walk through a public park in the dead of night as it was most unlikely she would come to harm.
Could any British national attest to the same attribute in any part of the United Kingdom? I doubt it very much.
The next time you travel abroad do a little research and find out what their customs and indeed their laws are. If you think for one moment they are draconian or barbaric then stay where you are.
Only when we are able to create a law abiding society should we be able to admonish others but until then we really ought to remain quiet for any views of barbaric laws against another country is quite frankly offensive when we are not able to control crime, protect our citizens and of course allow mass murders to jet set around the world; making millions in the process.