It has been said that the reason for the boycott was to save a couple of drug mules from the death penalty.
Consequently, someone asked, “why is it in our national interest to save drug mules?”
The answer to that is because our country abolished the death penalty. The death penalty is not in our national interest. Barbaric forms of justice are not in our national interest. And so, as a civilized country it is incumbent upon us to frustrate barbarians at every turn. It is in our national interest to advance civilization.
There are countries in the world, Canada for one, that will not extradite people who are in danger of being sentenced to death. They, in effect, harbor criminals.
Why is it in their national interest to harbor criminals?
Because enlightened countries will not abide barbarism, even if it means giving safe haven to criminals.
Now a word on the Nobel Peace Prize. Henry Kissinger won that prize because of the Vietnam peace accord. The fact that America was forced to sue for peace after its carpet bombing of Hanoi and its illegal invasion of Cambodia failed to stop the North Vietnamese seems of no import to the Nobel awards committee. That should tell you something about the integrity of the award.
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