Bali Bombers Executed

Amrozi, 47, his brother Mukhlas, 48, and ringleader Imam Samudra, 38, had been executed at around 00:15 am (1715 GMT Saturday) today. The three terrorists were killed by a firing squad and their bodies were transported back to their home villages via helicopters. In 2002, the bombers murdered more than 160 foreigners in a nightclub located in Bali.

Honestly speaking, I doubt this move can help subdue terrorism. The radical supporters are already welcoming their dead bodies back home as martyrs. This blatantly proves the level of misinterpretation of Islamic teachings among them. I fear the proliferation of such misleading teachings among youths in the future, thus breeding more vicious and merciless Islamic radicals.

I strongly believe having a 'war against terrorism' will not work. The more terrorists you kill, the more members the radical organizations will try to recruit. It is a never-ending cycle - one dies, three more are born. Terrorists are violent in nature and revenge to them is sweeter than honey. Executing them in the light of massive press coverage turns them into 'heroes' overnight. Furthermore, retaliation from supporters is imminent, endangering more civilian lives.

Islamic radicals, to me, are being misled to conduct terrorist activities. Many of them are poor and uneducated. Their top leaders are the ones who distorted verses from the holy book Al-Quran before spreading the false ideologies to their followers. Of course, stories of real life discrimination such as on the Palestine-Israel conflict are sprinkled all over their sermons.

Yes, there is a thin line between freedom fighters and terrorists. I believe a freedom fighter is one who fights against an enemy to regain back his or her country's sovereignty. A good example is the Palestine-Israel conflict. How would you feel if the country that you loved so much was suddenly stolen by a group of foreigners?

My definition of a terrorist is the exact opposite. A terrorist, to me, is someone who uses violence to steal the sovereignty or lives of the civilians of a foreign country. This is unacceptable and forbidden under the Islamic law. All claims that the terrorists are anti-American are only partially true. I strongly believe their greed for power is the driving force behind the deadly activities.

Islam is a religion of peace and it does not condone violence. I suggests a 're-education' program for the captured terrorists. It is even be better if the government captures the most influential radical of the lot. Having strict guidelines for the choice of clerics in public Islamic institutions or mosques is also helpful. Once this happens, the reverse process begins - one 're-educates', three others turn over a new leaf.


fanoy said...

sory,,for fixur post,, amrozi,imam samudra & muchlas had been executed at around 0.15pm(00.15 GMT+7) at Lembah Nirbaya,Nusa kambangan,Cilacap,Indonesia..


the bombers murdered more than 202 foreigners in a nightclub located in Bali. 88% is australian people.

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azhar said...

Thank you for informing. We were really pawned. LOL.

azhar said...

However, our information on the number of foreigners killed is accurate.

Total 202 people, but 160 of them are foreigners.

Kev said...

The doctrine of Sayyid Qutb which was followed by the radicals is the root of the problem.

Anonymous said...

Dear writer,

Thank you for your interesting article with many valid points. However, the statement 'How would you feel if the country that you loved so much was suddenly stolen by a group of foreigners?' troubles me as it seems to imply that one party is in the right and the other party is in the wrong, and that the wronged party has the right to fight for their freedom, resulting in cross-border violence. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is alot deeper than a simple plot to occupy foreign land. One has to dabble in history of the peoples involved to fully understand the conflict. You will find that it is not easy to tell who is right or wrong, and by no means should either party be encouraged to recruit 'freedom fighters'.

azhar said...

@anonymous: Yup. I guess I was rather too emotional with regards to the plight of Palestinians in the conflict; most of them became refugees.

I do understand that Palestine was actually a country that was conquered and controlled by Muslims for more than a thousand years.

The Israelis claimed that the land belonged to them before the Muslim empire expanded to Palestine based on their holy book.

So there is a conflict to who rightfully owns the land.

But then again, I truly sympathize the plight of thousands of Palestinian refugees who lost their homes.

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