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Evil Incarnate

News.com.au reports:

The three Bali bombers on death row say they are ready to die and will not be asking for a pardon.

They have also expressed delight at the controversy surrounding their impending executions, saying the more pain they cause, the greater their reward in heaven.

“I’m very happy, especially after hearing that John Howard is very angry with us,” Amrozi bin Nurhasyim, the so-called smiling assassin, said yesterday at the island prison where he is held.

“The more he is angry, the more I will get rewards from God, right?

“The more I make infidels angry, the more I will get my reward, so I’m more relaxed.”

Islamic militants Amrozi, his elder brother Ali Ghufron (alias Mukhlas) and Imam Samudra were briefly let out of their isolation cells yesterday at Batu Prison, on the island of Nusakambangan in central Java, to pray for the holy Islamic day Idul Fitri.

They walked 100m to the prison mosque unshackled, in their best robes, to pray with other inmates – murderers, terrorists and drug dealers – for today’s holiday, which marks the end of the fasting month Ramadan.

As the hour-long ceremony wound up, the three began shouting “God is great” before guards told them to stop.

The trio may be executed within weeks for their roles in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings, which killed 202 people, including 88 Australians.

Before the three face a firing squad, authorities must formally ask if they will seek clemency from the President.

The impending executions have been mired in controversy, with Australian victims angered by opposition to the death penalty ahead of yesterday’s fifth anniversary of the atrocity.

Prime Minister John Howard yesterday signalled a formal complaint to Indonesia, after news broke that the country’s anti-terror chief hosted a party of reformed terrorists at his home to aid the terror fight last month.

Yesterday, Indonesian authorities were considering reducing the sentences of 10 people involved in the first and second Bali attacks, to mark today’s Islamic holiday.

The three key players in the bombings remain unrepentant, although they apologised to Muslim victims of the terrorist attacks to mark the holy day, on which Muslims traditionally apologise for their wrongs.

“We apologise for the victims, but only the Muslims,” Samudra said. “The infidels will go to hell anyway.”

Samudra said the three were not afraid to die, adding that he would prefer to be beheaded.

“Absolutely, we are not afraid,” he said. “With execution we will go to heaven, and our wish to see God and the angels is far higher than the wish of the infidels for our death.”

“Why would we be scared of death? Even now we are not scared to be executed. (US President George W) Bush and his allies, you all will go to hell but me and all my friends in the world will go to heaven.”

They obviously don’t realize that where they’re going, Yasser Arafat is going to be greeting them, wearing a bikini and carrying a blowtorch and pliers.

In other news, Israel is the root cause of terrorism.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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