August 29, 2007

The Bali Bombings
Kuta (Bali), Indonesia

Though not obvious to me, I'm told the tourism industry in Bali has suffered significantly this decade.

Not only is Bali becoming a tired destination to visit (frequented by hoards of Aussies and Kiwis each year), but I'm under the understand that the "recent" Islamic bombings have convinced many non-surfing fanatics to simply fly from Australia/New Zealand straight to Singapore, Kulala Lumpur, or Bangkok on their tours of SE Asia (or on their gap year).

For those (like myself) that didn't really pay attention to such things, here's a summary:

The 2002 Bali bombings occurred on October 12, 2002 in the tourist district of Kuta. The attack was the deadliest act of terrorism in the history of Indonesia, killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

The attack involved the detonation of three bombs: a backpack-mounted device carried by a suicide bomber; a large car bomb, both of which were detonated in or near popular nightclubs in Kuta; and a third much smaller device detonated outside the United States consulate in Denpasar, causing only minor damage.

Various members of Jemaah Islamiyah, a violent Islamist group, were convicted in relation to the bombings, including three individuals who were sentenced to death.

The 2005 Bali bombings were a series of terrorist suicide bomb attacks that occurred on October 1, 2005. Bombs exploded at two sites in Jimbaran and Kuta. Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

The bombings occurred the same day that Indonesia cut its fuel subsidies resulting in gas prices rising by 125%, just two days before the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and 11 days before the third anniversary of the 2002 Bali bombing. The attack came during the school holiday period in some states of Australia, when an estimated 7,500 Australians are believed to have been visiting Bali.

Following the 2002 Bali bombings, in which more Australians than any other nationals were killed and injured, and the 2004 bombing of Australia's Embassy in Jakarta, the 2005 attacks received extensive coverage in Australia and were denounced by some officials as an attack on Australians.

As for me, I've already said my piece on terrorism and Muslim extremists (in Sungai Kolok Border Stability And Train Terrorism): "Don't live in fear—that's why it's called terrorism. No terror, no success."

Comments:

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March 19th, 2010

That's a very good point. If there is no fear, the terrorists don't win. The terrorists come in many shapes and colors. Not just Muslim, but Evangelist, Anti-Government, The Government and many more.

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