Brunei’s introduction of death by stoning underlines the West’s failure to lead instead of following public outcry. Sure, Brunei’s law is retrograde and Medieval. But, despite always carrying the death penalty on its books, this Southeast Asian Sultanate has not executed anyone since 1957. In contrast, Britain’s most recent execution was in 1964 and last year the United States executed 25 people. The coverage has focused on Western outrage by George Clooney, Elton John and Amnesty International and not on why Brunei has chosen the path of extreme Shariah. Nor has it explained that Brunei and its Islamic Southeast Asian neighbors find themselves courted and threatened by two rising global forces, Saudi Arabia and China, neither of which reflect Western values. Responsibility, therefore, lies with the West for not doing more over many decades to prove that our values can deliver a better future than the authoritarian ones snapping at Brunei’s heels. A Park Lane protest with banks of television cameras outside the Dorchester will not do the business.