Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at

Saturday, November 08, 2008

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.


Blogger Lutheran Lucciola said...

Good to hear this news, I must say.

Saturday, November 08, 2008 6:41:00 PM  
Anonymous heatherd said...

I don't know why either, Cinnamon. But the victims can at last rest a little easier now that the 'smiling assassins' are dead. But why did the Indonesian government give them so much access to the media? That's something the Australian government should address, as should have the Howard government. Keep up the good work!

Saturday, November 08, 2008 7:23:00 PM  

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