October 15, 2002

NZPUNDIT.COM is another good source for information on the Bali bombing and reaction thereto. So is The Gweilo Diaries, which observes:

THE INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT is directly culpable for this weekend’s outrage in Bali. They refused to take action against Abu Bakar Bashir and Jemaah Islamiah, the most likely culprits, thinking they could reach an accomodation with Islamic extremists. The result is the devastation of its tourist industry, which employs 8 million Indonesians, and an effective embargo of future outside investment. The already troubled Indonesian economy will grow even worse. Has everyone learned their lesson now?

Perhaps not, but we should do our best to drive the lesson home.

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