Monday, November 10, 2008
Burn in Hell
Who's smiling now, Jackass? Yes the Bali Bombers are dead. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Relief in Australia as Bali bombers executed
Australian victims of the Bali bombings and their families expressed relief Sunday after the execution of three Islamists for the attacks, but said they were still struggling to cope with their grief.
"It's just utter relief," survivor Peter Hughes told CNN on the news that bombers Amrozi, Mukhlas and Imam Samudra had been killed by an Indonesian firing squad shortly after midnight.
Hughes, who sustained horrific burns after a suicide bomber detonated himself within metres of him, said the executions took him back to the moment the first bomb went off and he found himself surrounded by burning bodies.
"We had to fight for life pretty hard back then and it's been a struggle every day since," he said.
"So from my perspective these guys set about mass murder and they've paid the highest penalty."
But he added: "It doesn't feel good."
Trent Thompson, whose brother Clint was among the 88 Australians killed, said he would have been happy if the bombers had lived long, miserable lives in jail but he was pleased they would no longer be able to spread their views.
"I guess the overwhelming feeling isn't joy because they're dead, but it's definitely relief that we don't have to continue with the circus," he told national news agency AAP.
"It hasn't bought anyone back. Everyone is still dead."
Yes and unfortunately there's someone they DIDN'T execute. Old Bashir the Nutter.
Become terrorists, cleric urges
AS the Bali bombers prepared for their executions, radical Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir urged Muslims in their home villages to follow them as terrorists.
After visiting the bombers' mother Tariyem in this tiny rural hamlet, Bashir emerged to praise Mukhlas and Amrozi and fellow bomber Imam Samudra as Islamic heroes who had brought honour to themselves and their families.
"Their fighting spirit in defending Islam should be followed,'' the ageing bearded preacher said.
"We will win the fight in this world or die as martyrs.''
Appearing before a large banner featuring photos of the condemned men at the hastily established "Heroes Who Fight For Islam Media Center'', Bashir said he was both sad and happy at the same time.
"Even if they are murdered, they will die as Islamic martyrs,'' he told the small but noisy crowd of mostly unemployed young men and curious locals.
In a rambling speech, the spiritual leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terrorist group promised his impressionable audience that everything would be good for Mujahid (Islamic fighters).
Bashir also conceded that his brand of radical Islam, which is followed only by a tiny minority in Indonesia, faced an uphill battle.
Officials visited the family on Friday night to make final arrangements for the bombers' last journey.
Ali Fauzin, the younger brother of Amrozi and Mukhlas, travelled to the prison yesterday to deliver the shrouds that the bodies will be wrapped in before being flown back to their home village by helicopter.
The executions were expected to be carried out overnight