“Bali will never be the same again.”
That was true 3 years ago with the first bombings that killed hundreds, but it’s even more true now. Just when things were picking up again, this happens. And things were picking up – to be sadly ironic you can tell that by the fact there had been so many Australians being arrested for drug-related charges over the years. It meant ppl were going back again.
But now, tourists will stay away for good and businesses will close. The vibrancy of the place would be forever gone. All due to the murderous actions of a fanatic few. This would not gain the sympathy of the populace, especially Bali’s. Not when their livelihoods have been destroyed, their friends and family killed.
As for the average Indonesian, I hope that they can see that this only tarnishes the reputation of their country, drives away foreign investment and hurts its economy even further. Something that is like salt being added to a raw wound, especially after the recent removal of Government subsidies which caused the doubling in petrol prices.
Along with the ppl killed, every Indonesian is hurt by this – rich, middle-class and poor. The government would be prudent to step up their efforts in cracking down on Jemaah Islamiyah. The costs can never be too great when the ramifications are worse.