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War On Terror: A Justification For The Extremity Of Singaporean Punishments For Vandalistic Graffiti

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It can be conjectured that Singaporean rulings and reprimands based around vandalistic graffiti should be respected on a global scale as being apt in combatting the war on terror. These Singaporean laws and reprimands for graffiti-related transgressions are chiefly modelled on the larger scale commonalities between graffiti writers and terrorists. While often considered by neighbouring countries to be extreme and even repressive, these reprimands being administered are largely warranted by the compulsion to maintain a strong and secure depiction of Singaporean homeland security and thus no individual, regardless of citizenship, should be exempt from punishment. It is also fundamentally ...view middle of the document...

With this in mind, it should not be discouraged the possibility that in some cases of graffiti the offender could potentially be working under the instruction of a terrorist organisation, resourcefully being used as a means of testing the government’s security awareness. It can also be conjectured that civil disobedience can be justified in cases where the law has not been implemented as a way of averting an element of danger or when the “weight of independent reasons favors disobedience” (Patterson, 1996, p. 465). While graffiti does not pose any immediate danger to the community in a general sense, when considered on a grander scale it is possible for graffiti to eventuate into or facilitate dangerous terrorist acts.

While some countries, in comparing Singaporean law with their own, may disagree with the extremity to which graffiti writers are reprimanded in Singapore, the failure of a government to impose strict laws on this form of vandalism can inadvertently direct terrorist organisations to conclude that the country is incapable of effectively handling security violations. It is often maintained by foreign authorities that while with residency there is an ethical expectation that one should respect, and therefore abide by, the laws that govern their own country, a temporary inhabitant who “while physically present in the host society, typically remains socially and culturally tangential to it,” (Cohen, 1987, p. 184) and thus should not be held to the same sanctions. That aside, however temporary a person may be in Singapore they remain active participants in the economical exchange and thus readily involve themselves in the community. Consequently, it would be fair to suggest that visitors familiarise themselves with and therefore respect the laws of the country they are in. If at the plea of a foreign government the punishment for graffiti crimes in Singaporean were to be lessened or even abolished thus allowing visiting offenders to return to their home country and escape conviction, the Singaporean government may essentially be taking a step back in the war on terror and appear weak in the eyes of its enemies. Showing any form of weakness in the judiciary system can potentially put the country at risk as it serves as reassurance for terrorists and other political activists, therefore “it is important not to advertise that the authorities… are not taking [these matters] seriously enough” (Ramakrishna, 2011, para. 5). It should also be acknowledged that Singapore is not alone in putting their suspicion of terrorist links with graffiti writers before the prospect of ordinary rebellion, and that even the United States of America employs deterrent measures in an effort to vigilantly discourage delinquents from partaking in graffiti; however, these measures hold little merit given the extent to which graffiti writers and terrorists aspire attention.

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