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Jakarta Post

Reactions to terrorism

  • Frans H. Winarta

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 31 2009   /  09:30 am

If we look up the word “terror” in Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary of 1984, we will see the following definition: A state of intense fear; one that inspires fear; a cause of anxiety; reign of terror; or violence committed by groups in order to intimidate a population or government into granting their demands. The bombings at JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels have succeeded in creating intense fear in the population. There was panic to such an extent that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) held a press conference in the garden of Merdeka Palace six hours after the bombings. President SBY looked angry and emotional when condemning these acts of terrorism. The bombings were followed by threats of other bombings at JW Marriott Hotel in Medan, the Four Seasons Hotel in Jakarta and so forth.This incident happened at a time when people had felt secure for last four years...