Tragedy in Jakarta
My heart goes out to the people of Australia, who are suffering from a tragic terrorist attack against their embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia that killed nine people and wounded more than 180 yesterday.
The blast was the work of one of the most active Islamist terror groups in the world, Jemaah Islamiyah. Among JI’s other atrocities are the 2002 Bali nightclub bombing that killed 202 people, and the 2003 bombing of the J.W. Marriott hotel in Jakarta that claimed another 12 lives.
This terrible attack adds another stain to the already sordid history of JI. The people of Australia deserve some room in our thoughts and prayers today.