Now before we get into anything in detail it has to be said that this writer believes in freedom of speech and does not believe the crime committed is worth the sentence that these ladies received. With that being said, here we go with a few other opinions that in reading articles about this has sprung to mind.
Country leaders from the European Union have voiced opposition to this penalty. Protests have been voiced by other artists in support. While the time spent in jail for this crime, to this writer, is very severe, the thoughts of stories of the monster called the Soviet Union when I was growing up come to mind. The tales of prisoners being sent to Siberia to work. From the outside it looks like not to much has changed with how that country is run. In other words, they run their backyard as they see fit even under criticism from neighbours.
It is funny, odd how the train of thought changes to this. As individuals in this world, we see fit to run our lives the way we see fit. If a person criticizes this, we get defensive as human beings and stubbornly ignore them. Why is this? Well no one is going to tell us how run our lives. It is very simple. We as human beings are not going to be forced to change even with the threat of hostility or being ostracized from outside sources.
This fundamental train of thought makes this writer wonder how we truly believe that countries will change with the approach of telling them what to do like a parent that just caught their child acting out. The answer is that it will not and here is why. It is their backyard and they will run themselves as they see fit just like we will as individuals. The country in question did not break any international laws, they handed out a punishment in their house as they saw fit. This is something we do everyday without a thought of how our neighbours would react.
So do not be surprised with all of the opposition and protests that these ladies do go to a hard labour camp like their sentence instructs them to. After all it is not our backyard, it is Russia’s and they will run it anyway they wish. We would.