Sunday, October 02, 2005

Bali Bombing Deja Vu

I and my family live five miles from Kuta. On October 12, 2002, I was wakened from my sleep by the Kuta nightclub bomb that killed over 200 people. The enormous explosoin rattled my bedroom windows.

Last night, at 8:30, my nighttime reading was interrupted by a phone call. Three bombs had gone off in the Kuta area, two of them at a strip of beach lined with cafés, popular with families who take the kids to play in the sand and watch the sunset. We often go there for the delicious, fresh barbecued fish—even the chefs of five star hotels dine there.

The current toll this morning is 26 dead.

This time, I am not in shock. I am furious at those bastards who deliberately picked families to murder.

What can we do to stop terrorism, apart from not giving to the jerks?

America is never going to win the war on terrorism by combating it by force in Muslim lands, which only spreads the flames, a fact that doesn’t seem to be understood by the general American public. I wish this could penetrate certain dense skulls.

Westerners in general can’t do a whole lot. This particular brand of terrorism, fueled by a virulent misinterpretation of Islam, can really only be successfully combated by Muslims themselves.

2 Comments:

Blogger Clifford Garstang said...

You are right that most Americans don't realize that our actions are breeding generations of terrorists, and that it was a perfectly foreseeable outcome. Too many Americans know nothing of the rest of the world--being too busy thumping bibles to open their eyes. It was bad enough before the occupation of Iraq, but now it is far worse, and thanks to George Bush the world will have to deal with this for a thousand years.

3:29 AM  
Blogger Clifford Garstang said...

p.s. Glad you didn't choose last night to go out for seafood.

3:29 AM  

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