Militants have struck in two luxury hotels in Jakarta, Indonesia, after a lull of four years, killing eight and injuring many more. The country has been a model of progressive thinking and religious coexistence among its diverse population. Even though the most populous Muslim nation in the world, Indonesia’s recent election demonstrated that creed played hardly any part in it. In electing Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as president, Indonesians were united by what was good for the country. The transition to democracy, after years of secessionist sentiments and bloody clashes between different groups, has been remarkable.
This was too much for radical Islamist organizations, and so they did what they do best: kill innocents and try to destabilize a stable nation. Of course they will not succeed but Indonesia must step up its vigilance against them before they can do further damage. I join other Muslims in condemning this act of barbarism by fanatics who claim to be Muslims but who are nothing but cold-blooded murderers. I recall this scene from Lord of the Rings, Twin Towers, and affirm its sentiment:
King: What can man do against such reckless hate?
Aragorn: Ride out with me. Ride out & meet them.