To be honest, looking at that list there are countries mentioned, like Turkey especially, where the death penalty is in play. Does that change the fact that is the biggest transit point for heroin coming to the west?
Personally i think the whole war on drugs operates at its crux by instilling fear into people, by ensuring that one fears the potential consequences of their actions. This is how all Laws work. When u have no fear u arent constrained by that mode of thought.
I had the same gung ho attitude, and managed to score in Malaysia quite easily and very stealthily also. Im older, wiser and experienced enough in life to weigh up the surroundings, the character of the people u are dealing with, the potential risks and then make a decision about what course of action to take.
There are however the idiots who do not build personal relationships, walk up to complete strangers without any risk assessment, and expect to get an amsterdam coffeeshop reception? I mean is that wise? Horses for courses! Smoked some beautiful compressed Thai on an idylic beach it was blissful. Wouldnt have had that experience if i was thinking "DEATH PENALTY"