I've spend a lot of time pondering things and often not finding answers, or least not finding answers that are palatable. So I thought that I would start a series of posts on what I don't get... Here is the first.
Five years ago today terrorists set off multiple bombs in cafes in Bali, Indonesia, killing 202 people including 88 Australians. The bombers, members of the terrorist group Jemaah Islamiya targetted foreigners in general and Australians in particular just over a year from 911.
Fortunately they were caught and several have received the death penalty. I have to say that there are certain cases where I believe the death penalty is justified and those who commit mass murder and cloak it in the guise of religion or some other cause are one situation where I think it is appropriate.
I do however recognise that Indonesia is a society unlike our own and there are many things I do not understand about it which brings me back to the title of this entry.
I don't get how the Bali bombers can be let out of jail to visit the home of a top Indonesian policeman for a barbecue.
Brigadier-General Dharma is reported in The Age as stating that "the gathering was part of a strategy to win over terrorists."
"We approach the terrorists with a pure heart," he said. "We are all Muslims. We make them our brothers, not our enemy."
They appear to me to be my enemies. They appear to me to be people who are absolutely hell bent on destroying my way of life. They appear to have no regrets for taking the lives of so many innocents and they have shown no contrition nor offered apologies to the families of those killed. Perhaps Islam, like Christianity does tell people to forgive their enemies, I am no expert on either religion. But I am sure that neither religion sanctions the murder of innocents. I am equally sure that in my country, no chief of police, would throw a barbecue for mass murderers.
I simply don't get it.