Did You Hear...?

Yogyakarta, February 2003: Two dozen university students gather in a sparsely furnished house on a darkened street. They're bright, politically engaged kids, and they have lots to discuss. Local television has just shown Ali Imron, the accused bombmaker in last October's terrorist attack in Bali. With startling enthusiasm, he described how he and his associates built and deployed the bombs that killed 193 people. "His expression looked strange," asserts Yanto, a civil engineering student. Kiki, an Islamic studies major, nods in agreement: "With all the cases the police couldn't solve, how did they solve this one so fast?" Concludes Yanto: "There...

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