Injustice Indonesian Style: Christians Executed – but Mildness toward Islamic Bali Bombers – Support their families with a donation now !
21 September 2006, the government of Indonesia under President SBY executed three Christians: Fabianus Tibo, Dominggus da Silva and Marinus Riwu.
The World Security Network Foundation will support the families of the executed Christians with a donation of USD 10,000 as a gesture of solidarity to cover the initial costs of the loss. We ask all Christians and Muslims of good will to add their own donation. To donate, please enter here und we will transfer the money to the families. 25 percent of it will be distributed by the families to their local Muslim friends as a clear sign of reconciliation.
This is a sad and historic day for all Christians and Muslims who stand for tolerance, respect and human rights – a low point of humanity and justice in the largest Muslim nation in the world.
The government of SBY has shown its true face. It is a government which operates on the basis of double standards and which is influenced more and more by radical Islamists. It is a government which has granted far-reaching leniency to the bombers of Bali and their spiritual leaders. After 202 persons were killed in 2002, terrorist Ali Iman was only sentenced to life imprisonment, their influential spiritual leader Abu Bakar Bashir to 2½ years and was released on 14 June 2006 after serving only 26 months; to date, none of the main terrorists have been executed. In contrast, the government of SBY has allowed less dangerous Christians to be executed, who were tried in a show trial manipulated by security forces, prosecutors and judges in 2001. They were used as pawns with the intent of appeasing the screaming Muslim masses who demanded revenge for the deaths of Muslims and execution.
These actions on the part of the Indonesian government bring forth memories of the execution of Christians in the Coliseum of Rome. The execution of Christians was public entertainment for the mob in order to provide an outlet for their most base emotions—and so that the Emperor, through the appeasement of the masses, could rest more easily.
One only has to imagine what would transpire if France or even the USA were to execute three Muslim convicted of defending their mosque from attacks by Christians. And what would happen if the Christians were not even charged. Would there not be an outcry from SBY and the entire Islamic world?
The dialog between cultures must not be allowed to be carried out on the basis of hypersensitivity on the part of the Islamic side and disregard for human rights, Christian Western values, the UN Charta and the UNESCO’s Declaration of Tolerance from 1995 -Tolerance is not a one-way street.
The silence which met the numerous pleas for clemency from Europe and the USA shows the extent to which the poison of radical Islam has slowly set in everywhere, and that ultimately governments as in Jakarta consistently judge according to a double standard to please the radical Islamists.
One can now clearer understand why these three Christians in 2000 took up arms in defense as Muslims attacked their churches and children. Not one of the Muslim Islamic attackers was even charged, much less punished; this was left for the Christians who acted mainly in self-defense.
The current level of respect for human rights in Indonesia brings back powerful memories of the terror carried out by Indonesian security forces in East Timor between 1975 -1999.
Friends and helpers of Muslims in Europe such as General (Ret.) Klaus Naumann, former Chief of Staff of the Federal Armed Forces of Germany and Chairman of the NATO Military Committee during the Kosovo war—a member of the World Security Network International Advisory Board—asked Indonesian President SBY to reconsider the execution of the three Christians who had been sentenced to death.
He wrote to SBY: “You were in Bosnia in 1995 when Christian soldiers had to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the lives of fellow Muslim Europeans. In 1999, it were Christians who risked their lives in order to rescue Muslims in Kosovo.”
BrigGeneral (Ret.) Muhammed Aslam Khan Niazi from Pakistan—also a member of the World Security Network International Advisory Board—wrote to President SBY:
“We are Muslims, followers of a religion that connotes itself through “peace”, emphasizes tolerance and respect of mankind.”
Former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur) demanded a stay of execution, as executions are in violation of the Muslim religion: “In the ‘hadist’ it is said that an execution should not be carried out if the prosecution hesitates to do so.”
Unfortunately many others in Indonesia and the Islamic world others, like former Indonesian President Habibie, have decided to conform and did nothing. Slowly, they are pulling back under the pressure and threats of the Islamic fanatics as did too many democrats in Germany in the years between 1920–1939 when confronted with the radical, totalitarian Adolf Hitler.
As opposed to the radical Islamists and their propaganda of hate, the core of Islam is peace and coexistence with Christians and Jews.
In the Charter of Privileges i.e. granted by the Prophet Muhammad himself in 628 C.E. to the monks of St. Catherine Monastery on Mount Sinai, he demanded:
“Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them! ... Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate.... No one of the nations (of Islam) is to disobey the covenant till the Last day.”
The life-saving support provided to so many European Muslims in Bosnia and Kosovo by European and American Christians and the support given to the victims of the Tsunami who were 90% Muslim—according to this will of the Prophet—must be taken into consideration by a good Muslim.
Indonesian President SBY did not dare to take the many telephone calls from European Union Commission President Barroso—a strange reaction after all the Europeans and the EU have done for his country, and for the Muslims in Bosnia and Kosovo. The EU, including all European ambassadors in Jakarta and the UN, were very active. Many European Foreign Ministers wrote letters to SBY, as did Finland’s President who currently holds the EU Presidency.
- We must act in solidarity with the Christians in Indonesia and other Muslim countries, so that they are no longer intimidated, pushed around and abused by radical Muslims.
- We must strengthen moderate Muslims in Indonesia and around the world who share our conception of human rights and tolerance as set down in the UN Charter and the UNESCO’s Declaration of Tolerance of 1995.
- The ignorant government of SBY should now pay for the reconstruction of regions destroyed by the Tsunami itself. Taking money from Christians on the one hand, while at the same time persecuting and killing their fellow believers is unjustifiable.
- Indonesia—the largest Muslim nation in the world—under the leadership of General (Ret.) President SBY, is drifting more and more in the direction of Islamic-fascism, similar to Nazi Germany in the years between 1933–1939. The democratic forces in the country must spare no effort in opposing this trend. The USA and the EU should isolate this government and lend their support exclusively to the democratic forces and a new elite.
- Foreign aid provided by the USA and Europe should be frozen.
- The EU and USA should send an official delegation to Indonesia in order to officially investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting of the three Christians and the status of Christian rights in Indonesia.
It simply doesn’t make sense that Indonesia, on the one hand, engages in massive and aggressive protests against caricatures in Danish newspapers and against quotations of the Pope, while on the other hand trampling on the human rights of Christians, thereby violating its own pluralistic constitution.
Indonesia and its ruling politicians must be brought back to the path of their Prophet, who 1400 years ago described the way as one of respect for Christian brothers, and their constitution.