fear no evil
The death toll continues to mount in the Indonesia hotel blast. It now stands at 13.
No one claimed responsibility for the blast, but suspicion immediately fell on the same organization blamed for the Bali attack — the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah, which authorities say is fighting to install a pan-Islamic state in Southeast Asia.
Of course it's linked to the Bali bombers: Terrorism experts believed the attack on the American-owned Marriott Hotel was orchestrated by JI to coincide with tomorrow's first verdict in the Bali bomb trial, when Amrozi faces a likely death sentence.
Wasn't it just last week that we warned al-Qaida would exact the same revenge on the U.S. if we bring the Gitmo Guys to trial?
The BBC has a collection of thoughts from people who were there or around the vicinity when the bomb exploded today:
Not long ago the Indonesian president denied that there were any terrorists in Indonesia. I also recall her pandering to local Islamic sympathies by accusing the U.S. of "insulting" the Muslim world with the war on terror. Maybe now it's time for her to wake up to the explosive reality.
The Religion of Peace(tm) strikes again. And it won't be the last time. The War on Terror is mostly a war against militant Islamists and to deny that is to deny the fact that we need to protect ourselves against these people. Pandering to them and playing the P.C. game of being non-offensive only gets you more of what happened today.
Even though Rumsfeld and company issue threats and warnings every day, we should still pay attention. We can never let the idea of these threats fade, no matter how long the time is after a threat is revealed. These people have long memories and the patience of a lion stalking its prey.
Today Indonesia, tomorrow somewhere else. Thousands upon thousands will die across the world as some media organizations still cower to the politically correct crowd and refuse to use the word terrorist to describe the suicide bombers. Call it what it is. It's a Jihad against the world. Not against the United States, not against Indonesia, but against all of us who are not facing Mecca.
I have so many friends who work in the hotel and even though I am in Dubai now, I can feel the sadness of them and the entire sadness of my nation. The news shocked me a lot and I feel really, really sorry to hear that. One of my friends here who worked before in the hotel is crying and all of us here in Dubai cry for what has happened in our country.
Eva, Dubai, UAE
13 victims or 3,000 victims, it amounts to the same thing when you look at the cause and the perpetrators. They are murdering us slowly, they are exacting their warped revenge on those who they see as non-believers, on those who dare to take a stand against them.
We need to carry on with trials, and carry on with rooting out terrorism, and carry on on with bringing every person responsible for these acts of evil - from those who arm and finance them, to the cowards who stand aside while they send the "martyrs" off with bombs attached to them - to justice.
Fear no evil. Seek it out and destroy it.