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Readers respond to our Editorial – The First Rule of War in Bali Update #321.

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(11/23/2002)'s editorial The First Rule of War evoked a number of comments from Bali Update readers around the world.

Michael, an Indonesian-based reader,, voiced the following support:

I hear applause echoing at computer terminals around the globe. The provision of the expertise and resources to combat the terrorist threat in areas considered higher risk is one of the most lucid ideas I have heard to date. Give Bali the tools and expertise to create increased security and thus provide visitors with the confidence to support her, and other nations in their battle against an insidious foe, which, in reality, knows no borders...

Karen Linnell, the "Global Gypsy",, provided the following feedback:

Why did the USA call the world to New York to spend money in response to terrorism - but impose a world boycott on Indonesia/Bali? What do the Americans want from Indonesia that would cause them to deliberately undermine it economically?

It is not the terrorism that caused Bali's current problem but the USA response - and Indonesia/Bali played their game. Let the Indonesian and Balinese leaders ask WHY and all the world's media will start looking for the answer. Bali won't need a tourism fund - the publicity will be free and the response from tourists will be fast - they will flock to Bali.

Watch replays of Mayor Gulliani's interviews after the New York terror - his was the correct strategy and the world followed his lead. Let Indonesia/Bali get their response right and the USA will quietly lift the bans before their Machiavellian manipulation of tragedy becomes media bait to embarrass their leaders.

A travel consultant from Queensland, Australia, Andrew Sivijs,, shared the following comments:

As we know, our industry gets caught up in the politics of these situations and hasty reactions and statements are often meant to appease the immediate fears of worried citizens. As you rightly, state the best way to deal with these twisted maniacs is to hit them where it hurts - economics. Travel, travel and more travel flies in the face of their cowardly strategy. As we know, their evil acts debilitate and crush those they profess to be fighting for - no trade or export activity, no income.

I have had a long lost mate of mine from high school days contact me this week and we've discussed Bali. He wants to take the family there next year and was seeking my advice. I naturally gave the thumbs up and will be talking to you shortly regarding their travel plans. All going to plan, we will also look at our reunion in Bali in the near future.

What better place to enjoy old friends and share memories while our young kids make new friendships. Doing our bit to frustrate the wicked.

Marc Jacobs of Kelana DMC,, wrote to say:

Congratulations with your editorial ... It is brilliant!

While Fran Lancaster,, said:

Most excellent article. Now let's hope the "powers that be" get the message.

Finally, Bill Fitch, a travel professional from Australia chimed in to say:

Your editorial is commendable: insightful, balanced (almost) and well written. You are perhaps unduly harsh towards politicians who are in a situation of 'damned-if-they-do and more-than-damned-if-they-don't-and-something-happens'. My old Grandmother used to say, 'Honey brings more kisses than vinegar.' I hope that Adelaide gets just one direct flight a week from Garuda (or Virgin or Paradise) so that we here can come to Bali but by-pass half of the rest of the world en-route as Qantas would like us to do. Cheers and best wishes to Bali.

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