Bali survivor hits out at terror war
By HANNAH ROSS
BALI bombing survivor Hannabeth Luke has spoken out against the current methods of fighting terrorism in the wake of the deadly London Underground bombings.
The Byron Bay local, who was born in the UK and whose English boyfriend died in the Sari Club bombing in October 2002, said the current approach was 'acting to increase the likelihood of attacks'.
Ms Luke said while the London bombings brought back a nightmare of memories from Bali, it did not alter her view that terrorism was a product of 'intrinsic faults in our society'.
"The reason I am speaking out is that I have been through something so horrific and I lost my boyfriend, who was my soulmate. I don't want that to happen to one other person," Ms Luke said.
"I have been lucky enough to be given a voice and I don't want to waste that. Peace is so important and we need to find tangible ways we can strive for that.
"Let us treat the causes of terrorism by looking inward to our society, seeking to take responsibility for our role in the world, not falling into the trap of escalating fear."
Ms Luke was hailed a heroine after a photo of her rescuing an injured man from the blazing Sari Club was printed on the front page of The Australian newspaper in the days after the Bali bombing.
She has since confronted British Prime Minister Tony Blair on UK television, appealing to him to treat the causes of hatred and disparity in the world. Her appeal again landed her on front pages in Australia and the UK.
"If we are at war on terror, it is no surprise to me that terror is striking back," Ms Luke said.