|Quoting DocLightning (Reply 21):|
The problem is that killing them (or imprisoning them for life) does nothing to prevent this from happening again. They WANTED to die.
DocLightning, my impression (from seeing them many times on TV
, they had almost unlimited access to the media) was that they were so cocky because they expected one of their many appeals against the death penalty to be successful - and that then, one day quite soon, they would have been released under one of the amnesties which are common under the Indonesian system.
They were probably fortified in that belief by the fact that the guy who - in all probability - indocrinated them, and masterminded the bombings, Abu Bakar Bashir, got away with a derisory 30-month sentence and is now free as a bird and still spouting hatred of all non-Muslims, and most moderate Muslims too:-
"MIM: Indonesia is the world's largest Muslim country so there should be no surprise at the slap on the wrist for radical Islamist cleric Bashir, who sanctioned the Bali nightclub massacre, which killed more then 200 people. The lenient sentence provoked outrage in Australia and the United States.
"The photos of the smiling defendants should be a broad clue to the West that many Indonesian legal and justice officials are openly sympathetic to the Islamist agenda of the defendants and that the victims of the terrorist atrocities could not have expected that Muslims would sentence fellow Muslims to appease 'infidel' Westerners.
"The question is as to how long until Bashir will be considered for release, as is the case of bomber Ali Imron, whose lawyer requested Indonesia's president pardon him on the grounds that 'he had shown remorse' and his cooperation with the investigation "had been a big help to Indonesia".
"The corruption is so rampant that it was even documented in a Jakarta News article entitled: Indonesia Mentally ill".
"The mental illness metaphor aptly characterises the schizophrenic mindset of Muslims, who harbor sympathy for the terrorists as co religionsist, and balk when, under pressure from the West, they, are expected mete out justice in accordance with the Western concept of a 'rule of law'. The camaraderie of Indonesia's law enforcement officials with convicted terrorists is the best indication of where the country's true loyalities lie."
It's difficult to escape the conclusion that while Indonesia is prepared to sacrifice the small fry on the altar of 'international public opinion,' the prominent militants with high-level establishment contacts will continue to escape with a slap on the wrist.
Nevertheless, I cannot believe that young blokes anywhere will willingly face death just on the basis of religious beliefs. As a practical guy, I think that it's much more likely that they were promised that their bosses' contacts would ensure that they'd never even be arrested - still less executed. And that, right up to the end, they were told that it was 'all arranged' and their appeals would be successful.......
I can only hope that their fate will make it more difficult for evil bastards like Abu Bakar Bashir to recruit the next bunch of eager volunteers to loose off bombs.........
"Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards.." - Leonardo da Vinci