Bali Bombers Executed, But Bashir Still At Large
Three of the terrorists involved in plotting the 2002 Bali bombing were executed today in Indonesia, by firing squad no less. It was a fitting end for Mukhlas, Amrozi, and Imam Samudra who took part in the murder of 202 people, including 88 Australians and 38 Indonesians (some of them Muslims), all for the "crime" of being in or around a Bali nightclub.
However, it's unfortunate that radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was not among the executed. He's the "spiritual leader" of Indonesian terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah and he was a mentor (and in effect, accomplice) to the Bali bombers. Yet all he did he was spend 26 months for conspiracy in an Indonesian jail.
Sure enough, he later blamed the attack on "a conspiracy between America, Australia and the Jews."
And here's what Bashir had to say about the executions:
Their fighting spirit in defending Islam should be followed...We will win the fight in this world or die as martyrs. Even if they are murdered they will die as Islamic martyrs.Why this guy is still breathing is beyond me.