Death is always unpleasant for life is always too precious to waste. Hence, I greet the death of Noordin Mohammed Top with a kind of bitter sweet feeling. Part of me regretted it while the other half is happy to learn that regional terrorist network has lost an important figurehead.[1]

His ideal is disagreeable and the mean to his end is even more disagreeable. His death is a testament of the idiom those who live by the sword will die by the sword. Noordin chose that path and he knew it. He violated the non-aggression axiom and by doing so, he legitimized effort taken on his life by others hurt by his actions.

I do not know how this may affect terrorist activity in the region but hopefully, it means reduced probability of attacks in Indonesia. I have mentioned that I have high hope for Indonesia to spearhead democratic change in Southeast Asia and become the symbol of aspiration for all liberal democrats in the region. If indeed the death of Noordin leads to a more stable Indonesia on average, then the development of a democratic Southeast Asia — and really, I am first and foremost concerned with democracy in Malaysia — comes one step closer to fruition.

Apart from that, I do hope the death of Noordin would build a new bridge between Malaysia and Indonesia. It is in this sense that I am most glad that Noordin is now dead. The recent spat between Malaysia and Indonesia has been damaging to regionalism in Southeast Asia. His destructive action has been raised by angry Indonesians as a Malaysian product. Malaysia exports terrorism, as some Indonesians accuse Malaysia.

This is most unfair because the Malaysian government and a majority of Malaysians, as I believe, do not support him. Yet, he was a Malaysian and that is undeniable and that is an embarrassing fact for me to admit, especially to foreigners and to my Indonesian friends.

Nevertheless, a torn is now gone.

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[1] — ASIAN terrorist mastermind Noordin Mohammed Top, the man responsible for plotting the 2002 and 2005 Bali bombings, has been killed during an Indonesian police raid against suspected Islamist militants in Central Java.

Top was one of four people who died during the raid yesterday on a militant hideout near Solo, Indonesia’s police chief, Bambang Hendarso Danuri, confirmed last night.. [Bali mastermind Noordin Top killed in Indonesian raid. The Australian. September 18 2009]

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