By Kumar Ramakrishna, See Seng Tan
This booklet seriously analyses the categorical possibility of terrorism in Southeast Asia because the Bali blasts of 12 October 2002 and the US-led warfare on Iraq. It bargains a finished and significant exam of the ideological, socioeconomic and political motivations, trans-regional linkages, and media representations of the terrorist hazard within the quarter, assesses the efficacy of the local counter-terror reaction and indicates a extra balanced and nuanced method of scuffling with the phobia hazard in Southeast Asia. The participants comprise prime students of political Islam within the sector, well known terrorism and local protection analysts, in addition to very popular neighborhood newshounds and commentators. This represents a powerful and unrivaled mixture of workmanship.
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It must be recalled that Southeast Asia is home to 230 million Muslims, "more than in all of the Arab Middle East", 51 and the interests of these Muslims have to be taken into account when national and even foreign policies are formulated. As several contributors to this volume show, a major, paradoxical factor introducing friction in the conduct of ASEAN counter-terror policy is the United States itself. Or as prominent US scholar Chalmers Johnson bluntly put it, his government's reaction to 9 / 1 1 has "made an already terrible situation worse".
To carry out Allah's order in the Book of Annisa, verses 74—76, which concerns the obligation to defend weak men, weak women, and innocent babies, who are always the targets of the barbarous actions of die American terrorists and their allies... So that the American terrorists and their allies understand that the blood of Moslems is expensive Zr Southeast Asia a "Terrorist Haven"! 27 and valuable; and cannot be — is forbidden to be — toyed with and made a target ofAmerican terrorists and their allies.
It might be added, moreover, that the Singaporean and Malaysian governments willingly provided video testimony of Singaporean and Malaysian JI members during the trial in Indonesia of alleged JI spiritual leader Bashir. Last and not least, ASEAN states have been co-operating very closely with external actors like the US and Australia. The US-ASEAN Joint Declaration on Combating Terrorism of August 2002, for example, commits both sides to closer intelligence exchange and co-operation. Another example of the concerted co-operation amongst ASEAN states at the sub-regional level is mentioned by Singh, Nathan, as well as Jose T.
After Bali: The Threat of Terrorism in Southeast Asia by Kumar Ramakrishna, See Seng Tan