Finally, Some Wise Words Addressed to Suicide Bombers

Friday, August 14th, 2009

The Dutch daily Trouw has a brief piece about the success Indonesia has had lately in rounding up a terrorist network established in that country. These suspects are thought to have been involved in the suicide-bombings that occurred at the Marriott and Ritz Carlton hotels in Jakarta last July 17, and to have been planning a further attack on the president himself on the upcoming (next Monday) Indonesian Independence Day.

Then again, let’s remember that reports of “terrorist suspects” being rounded up should always be met with skepticism, given the propensity to label as “terrorists” anyone they don’t like that has been repeatedly demonstrated by governments from the Third World to Russia to the United States. However, it’s also true that that aforementioned Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, was handily re-elected to his position last month, just before those attacks, in an election widely regarded as free and fair.

Anyway, it’s easy to see why Yudhoyono would continue to attract electoral support, if the rest of his rhetoric matches his recent message to suicide-attack terrorists: “This is not the way that leads to Paradise. On the contrary, it is a stupid death.”

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