News
 International
   Global Views
   Asia-Pacific
   America
   Europe
   Middle East & Africa
 National
 Embassy News
 Arts & Living
 Business
 Travel & Hotel
 Medical Tourism New
 Taekwondo
 Media
 Letters to Editor
 Photo Gallery
 Cartoons/Comics/Humor
 News Media Link
 TV Schedule Link
 News English
 Life
 Hospitals & Clinics
 Flea Market
 Moving & Packaging
 Religious Service
 Korean Classes
 Korean Weather
 Housing
 Real Estate
 Home Stay
 Room Mate
 Job
 English Teaching
 Translation/Writing
 Job Offered/Wanted
 Business
 Hotel Lounge
 Foreign Exchanges
 Korean Stock
 Business Center
 PR & Ads
 Entertainment
 Arts & Performances
 Restaurants & Bars
 Tour & Travel
 Shopping Guide
 Community
 Foreign Missions
 Community Groups
 PenPal/Friendship
 Volunteers
 Foreign Workers
 Useful Services
 ST Banner Exchange
  Asia-Pacific
Letters from Tokyo
Indonesia and Ba’asyir, the Preacher of Hate
By Lee Jay Walker
Tokyo Correspondent
Abu Bakar Ba’asyir

The nation of Indonesia is blighted by Islamists who desire to destroy moderate versions of Islam because militants desire to install a new society based on dhimmitude and Islamic supremacy. Therefore, Islamic clerics like Abu Bakar Ba’asyir support the implementation of Islamic Sharia law and his attitude towards non-Muslims is one of hatred when the rhetoric flows.

Abu Bakar Ba’asyir was born in 1938 and he is a leading Islamic cleric in Indonesia and many Muslims view his opinions greatly. However, it must be stressed that Muslim opinion varies greatly in Indonesia and this applies to hardliners and moderates who support the notion of a secular state.

Yet according to Abu Bakar Ba’asyir it is essential that Indonesia is ruled by Islamic Sharia law and he openly glorifies Islamic jihad during bouts of militancy. Therefore, the government of Indonesia is in a flux about how to deal with him and over the decades he was either threatened by authorities in Indonesia or tolerated.

Abu Bakar Ba’asyir and Abdullah Sungkar opened a boarding school in 1972 in order to preach to the next generation about the need to implement Islamic Sharia law in Indonesia. In time both individuals would flee to Malaysia because the Suharto regime was in no mood to bow down to Islamists and Suharto was bent on economic modernization and authoritarian control over the whole of Indonesia.

In 1999 Abu Bakar Ba’asyir returned to Indonesia, however, both he and Abdullah Sungkar gained from their exile in Malaysia because they met leading Islamists and they both understood the need for a collective approach in order to spread Islamic rule.

Therefore, Abu Bakar Ba’asyir and Abdullah Sungkar were involved with Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) which was a lose patchwork of various radical Islamic organizations. The main goal was to create a super-Islamic state which would incorporate Indonesia, Malaysia, the southern Philippines, Brunei, and Singapore (some would also include southern Thailand and Cambodia).

The vastness of this region and the mass complexity is a wonder to behold, however, in the wrong hands it could become a nightmare.  After all, you have a very diverse mix of ethnic and religious groups and you already have religious bouts of violence between Christians and Muslims in parts of Indonesia and the southern Philippines. More recently, tensions have erupted between Muslims and Buddhists in southern Thailand and passions often run high in Malaysia which is the most diverse nation in the region when it comes to religion.

Therefore the views of Abu Bakar Ba’asyir can’t be ignored or brushed aside so easily because JI have been involved in many terrorist attacks and have been involved in communal violence against Christians in Poso in Indonesia and other areas alongside other groups like Laskar Jihad. Also, more alarming, he often plays around with words and distances himself when needed and just like Islamic terrorist organizations like Laskar Jihad, he/they can melt away from the scene and then come back either through a new organization or a new upsurge in militancy.

Walid Phares, author of “The War of Ideas: Jihadism against Democracy” and other books, stated “We all know that the process to become a Jihadist, is long and tenuous. It needs a Salafi-Wahabi environment to be produced. The question in Indonesia is this: Who is producing the "ideological culture" out of which Jama'ah Islamiah came from? What are the structural webs that produced Laskar Mujahidin (or Laskar e Jihad), or Laskar Jundullah or even the Sulawesi-based Mujahedeen KOMPAK?”

However, the geographical reality of the entire region follows the complexity of ethnicity and religious diversity. Added to this is rampant poverty, cronyism, mismanagement of resources, and vastly different development stages and political infrastructures. Therefore, Islamists have many angles to manipulate and spread their message and you have links between jihadists and senior officials even if these links are on the periphery or based on manipulation by national governments.

Therefore, Walid Phares sums up this complexity by stating that “…the Jihadi "Laskars" around the archipelago are projecting themselves as the "protectors" of the territorial unity of "Muslim Indonesia." Hence their action against non-Muslims, including in Poso, the Celebes, etc is projected as "in the interest of the nation." They are trying to emulate Hassan Turabi's strategy in Sudan: the defense of Islam's lands.”

Given this, JI moved easily between supporting Muslims during communal violence against Christians in Maluku and Poso in Indonesia; and then to targeting economic and Western interests throughout the region. At the same time you have inter-links between JI, al-Qaeda, MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Abu Sayyaf and other Islamic organizations.

JI have been responsible for many deadly deeds and this applies to killing 15 people in 2000 after an attack against the Jakarta Stock Exchange and killing many during Christmas Eve bombings during the same year in Indonesia. They have also spread their terror to the Philippines with several attacks and an attack was thwarted in Singapore. The most deadly attack happened in 2002 with the Bali bombings and more recently two hotels were attacked in Jakarta in 2009.

Returning back to Abu Bakar Ba’asyir he stated in 2002 that “If non-believers have weapons capacity, the funding, then they will go to war against Islam. In the Koran Allah has said they will always wage war against you, they will always attack you as long as they have the capacity.” He further stated that “The government of Indonesia right now is being directed by America to service its needs and the primary need of America is to bury Islam particularly in Indonesia.”

He continues by stating that “…Hence our religion Islam, our nation and our country is currently being threatened by foreign races with all manner of libels, with the bombings in Bali, with explosions everywhere, all of those are the plots of non-believers whose aims are to weaken and profane the believers of Islam.”

Therefore, Abu Bakar Ba’asyir is somehow trying to claim that the Bali bombings were done by non-Muslims and this is similar to the September 11th conspiracy theory. However, this is clearly ridiculous and Osama Bin Laden and other brutal killers are proud of ordering the killings of many innocents and many Islamists have either been caught or were found dead at the carnage they inflicted on others.

These statements can be found on page 166 and 167 of Zachary Abuza’s book called Militant Islam in Southeast Asia, Crucible of Terror. Zachary Abuza also states that “Although Abu Bakar Ba’asyir was named by both Malaysia and Singapore as a prime suspect and a leader of Jemaah Islamiya network, he continued to live and preach openly until October 2002.” He also told Zachary Abuza personally that “I am not a member of Al-Qaida, but I really respect the struggle of Osama Bin Laden, who has bravely represented the world’s Muslims in their fight against the arrogant United States of America and their allies.”

Yet what logic can be found in these words by Abu Bakar Ba’asyir? After all, Al-Qaida and the Taliban were involved in the massacres of thousands of Shia Muslims in Afghanistan. This was followed by countless numbers of terrorist attacks against Shia Muslims and other non-Sunni’s in Iraq; and of course innocent Sunni Muslims have been killed by radical Sunni Islamists.

Yet in the paranoid world of Abu Bakar Ba’asyir he blames non-Muslims for doing terrorist attacks, despite clear evidence that they were done by Islamists. Then he praises Osama Bin Laden who ordered the killings of thousands of Muslims and non-Muslims, after all, according to the theories of Osama Bin Laden then killing innocents in cold blood is justified and a religious Muslim duty.

Amazingly, some Muslims and converts to Islam are still being brainwashed and manipulated by people like Abu Bakar Ba’asyir. He and Osama Bin Laden glorify religious martyrdom but then hide either behind words and the manipulation of language, in the case of Abu Bakar Ba’asyir; or when applied to Osama Bin Laden, then he just hides but orders other people of hate to kill in the name of Islam.

Islamic radicalism is a serious threat and you have so many conflicts involving Muslims, irrespective if internal Muslim wars or against non-Muslims. Alternatively, you have so many terrorist threats and religious persecution of non-Muslims in mainly Muslim nations is a daily reality. Therefore, this issue is not only serious and of major importance but it is also a nightmare.

The reason it is a nightmare is because the current jihad is in reality the same jihad that Mohammed started in the 7th century. However, unlike the old jihad, Islamists have a free reign to propagate their war throughout all societies because of the liberal nature of many non-Muslim societies.

Therefore, religious leaders like Abu Bakar Ba’asyir are dangerous but you have many hidden leaders keeping quiet but with the same aim, however, they desire the same aim but by being more astute and obtaining Islamization by stealth.



Related Articles
    Drugs Crisis in Iran Emanating from Afghanistan
    Mexico Resembles a Civil War: Three Murders ...
    "Door Remains Open," French President Says
    President Trump and Ousted FBI Chief Comey: ...
    Moon Jae-in to Become President of South ...
    America, China, Russia Should Work Together on ...
    The Fading Spirit of Kano Chikanobu Awakened ...
    Japanese Poetry of Kakinomoto no Hitomaro: ...
    Trump Offers China Economic Inducements If ...
    Syria & Khan al-Assal Massacre: Western ...
    United States Botanic Garden and Stunning Art ...
    Syria: FSA and Al-Qaeda in Power Struggle
    Syria and the Sponsored Revolution Costing ...
    South Korean Fashion and Kpopsicle: Summer ...
    Syria and Shia Massacred by al-Nusra: Gulf and ...
    Turkey & Discontent towards Premier Erdogan: ...
    UK, MI5 and Syria: Hypocrites, Somalia and ...
    Christian Clergy in Syria Held Hostage by the ...
    China and Japan Play Cat and Mouse over ...
    Cameroon and Nigeria: French Hostages Released ...
    Alyse Radenovic, Bratunac and Srebrenica: Art ...
    Japanese Art and Bunjinga: Tani Buncho, Power ...
    Italian Fashion and Simonetta Sala: Adorable ...
    France, UK Want to Send Military Arms Directly ...
    Political Crisis in Tunisia after Belaid ...
    World of Art: Yuzo Saeki and Alyse Radenovic ...
    Nuclear Test by North Korea and Need for a ...
    Israel Violates the Sovereignty of Syria
    Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood: President Mursi ...
    Japan Art: Erotic Art, Sexuality and ...
    Algeria Hostage Crisis: Japan Needs to ...
    Syria and Bashar al-Assad Addresses Powerful ...
    US, France, UK Support Islamism
    LDP Wins Election in Japan
    FSA Islamists in Syria threaten to kill ...
    Syria Needs Support to Defend Itself against ...
    Egypt, Jordan and Turkey: Political Crisis and ...
    Japanese Art, Culture and the Yamabushi: ...
    Israel, Gaza and Doha: The Sham of the Western ...
    Syria & New Charade: Gulf Nations Should ...
    Japan and South Korea Relations: Comfort Women ...
    Tokyo Fashion and the Exquisite Boutique ...
    Sudan, South Sudan Crisis & Int'l Community
    Claude Monet Was Smitten by Japanese Art: ...
    Japan Tourism and Fukushima: Abukuma Cave, ...
    Japanese Art and Saburosuke Okada: the Power ...
    Japanese Art and Tosa School: Tosa Mitsunobu ...
    Syria and Terrorist Threat from Opposition: ...
    Russian Federation Lambasts Anti-Syria ...
    Syria: Outsiders Support Terrorism and US & ...
    Japanese Art and Bunjinga (Nanga): the ...
    Ontoshiki Is a Stunning Photographer in Tokyo: ...
    Japanese Art and Van Gogh: Japonisme, Ukiyo-e ...
    Associated Press Opens a Bureau in Pyongyang
    Fashion in South Korea: Kpopsicle & the trends ...
    Japanese Buddhist Art at the National Museum ...
    Japanese tourism: Jigokudani Monkey Park in ...
    South Korean Fashion: Kpopsicle, International ...
    BoA Releases Stunning New Song "Milestone"
    K-Pop and New Mini-Album Called "Snow Pink" by ...
    La Carmina and Tokyo: Alternative Fashion, ...
    K-Pop and T-ara in Japan: Stylish, Energetic ...
    Kanstyle Magazine to Open Up South Korean ...
    Tokyo Fashion: Jiyugoaka Is Trendy and a Great ...
    Korean Pop Music Continues to Hit Heights in ...
    Yoshihiko Noda to Become New Prime Minister of ...
    Japan and the Political Farce: The Race Is On ...
    Tokyo tourism: Mount Takao-san Is a Stunning ...
    Ryo Ishikawa: Near to Making a Breakthrough at ...
    Lindsay Ann Hawker: Verdict Is Life in Prison ...
    Hokusai & Hakone: Ukiyo-e & Stunning Scenery
    Lindsay Ann Hawker: Does the Joji Obara/ Kim ...
    Burma (Myanmar): Free Burma Rangers update
    Japan & Child Abduction: Interview with Sonia ...
    Novak Djokovic Beats Rafael Nadal to Claim ...
    Kawanabe Kyosai: the Underworld and the ...
    Tatsuya Ichihashi Admits to Killing Lindsay ...
    Utagawa Kuniyoshi: Tranquil Art and Natural ...
    Southern Thailand and Islamization
    Islamic Terrorism: Afghanistan to Bosnia and ...
    IslamicJihad within the Territory of Russia
    Muslims Burn a Christian Alive in Pakistan
    Radical Islam and Terrorism in the Balkans
    Pakistan and Ongoing Christian Persecution
    Turkey Is Trying to Dictate to Armenia
    Bosnia and Clinton's Radical Islamists
    Iraq's Jewish Identity Faces Extinction
    Muslims Slaughter Christians in Egypt
    Somalia and the Reality of Radical Islam
    Racist Ishihara Fails to Get 2016 Olympic Games
    Daily Life in Japan and Isolation
    USA and the Internal Islamic Threat
    Nigeria and Christian Martyrs
    Indonesia and Islamic Terrorism
    Aceh in Indonesia Passes Stoning to Death Law
    2016 Olympic Bid and Racist Governor of Tokyo
    Randy Collins and Child Abduction in Japan
    Islamic Militants Target Buddhists in Thailand
    Bangladesh Destroys Hinduism, Buddhism
    Child Abduction in Japan: Shane Clarke Case
    Islamic Ramadan Begins, Blood Keeps Flowing
    Kosovo and Ongoing De-Christianization
    USA Appeases Islam under President Obama
    Somalia, UK, and Killing of Christians
    Buddhists Fear to Walk in Southern Thailand
    Pakistan Must Abolish the Blasphemy Law
    Pakistan and Burning Alive of Christians
    Nigeria Challenged by Radical Islamists
    Somalia and Christian Martyrs Killed by Muslims
    KOSOVO & Systematic Persecution by KLA
    Japan Ignores Child Abduction because of Racism
    Japan Allows International Child Abduction
    Ethiopia Continues to Develop under EPRDF
    Saudi Arabia and Why Child Marriage Is Allowed
    China Faces a Fresh Bout of Ethnic Hatred
    Islam and the Myths of Unity and Peace
    IRAN Enters a Political Minefield alongside ...
    Islam Needs to Be Challenged by True Democracy
    North Korea's Point of View
    Myanmar: Ethnic Minorities & Aung San Suu Kyi
    Colombia and Extrajudicial Killings Scandal
    IRAQ and the Destruction of the Mandaean ...
    Non-Arabs of the Middle East and Persecution
    USA Is Worried about Events in Pakistan
    USA, CIA Created Sunni Islamic Terrorism
    Pakistan Faces Internal Threat
    N. Korea Pulls Out of 6-Party Talks because of ...
    Japan under Ishihara Must Not Be Given the ...
    USA Is Looking at Plan Colombia in Order to ...
    MYANMAR – Karen Christians Face Joint ...
    Bolivia under Morales and the Indigenous Issue
    Mexico -- Drug Cartels and the American Market
    Saudi Arabia Allowing 8 Year Old Girls to ...
    USA -- Bail Outs Must Be Questioned after AIG ...
    Ethiopia under Prime Minister Meles Zenawi
    Europe Is Facing a Real Economic and Social ...
    USA is Deeply Concerned about Pakistan and ...
    USA -- Obama Is in Free Fall at the Moment
    Japan Must Not Be Rewarded the 2016 Olympics ...
    China, Russia Rebuke America at World Economic ...
    PAKISTAN -- Radical Sunni Islamists Are Now ...
    EU Is Alarmed by Gas Dispute between Russia ...
    USA -- Obama Faces Major Internal and External ...
    Zimbabwe Now Faces Cholera Epidemic alongside ...
    Pakistan and the Persecution of Ahmadiyya ...
    USA -- President Bush Is Trying to Contain ...
    India Becomes Yet Another Major Victim of ...
    Japan Needs to Create an Independent Foreign ...
    Mongolia and The Importance of This Nation to ...
    Islamic Radicals Support Stoning Women, ...
    Inflation Threatens to Engulf Vietnam and The ...
    Turkey and The Secular Card, Myth or Reality?
    Ethiopian Ambassador to Japan and Third ...
    SOUTH AFRICA, Race Attacks and Underlying ...
    EGYPT -- Coptic Christians Are Still ...
    Ethiopia Needs International Support to ...
    Armenia and Azerbaijan Are Still in Dispute ...
    Kosovo and the Crisis of Ignoring ...
    The UN Is Undemocratic and Manipulated, So ...
    America Is Seeking to Contain the Russian ...
    Iran Is a Stabilizing Power in Afghanistan and ...
    Venezuela -- Chavez the Enigma, a Great or ...
    Lebanon Needs to Dismantle the Armed Forces of ...
    Iraq and Destruction of Christianity since ...
    Bolivia Is Facing Meltdown So Can a Solution ...
    Macedonia Could Become the Next Balkan ...
    Russia Faces Many Security Concerns
    State Intervention Versus Globalization and ...
    Ethiopia and Its War against Radical Islam and ...
    PM Fukuda of Japan Resigns and This Nation Is ...
    Japan Needs Stability in a Time of Urgency
    Russia Responds to America's Intimidation
    Russian Federation & Next Stage of Development ...
    Market Confidence Remains Extremely Mixed
    Why China Needs to Modernize Her Armed Forces
    MEXICO -- President Calderon Is in a Flux ...
    Iran and America, Friends or Foe
    Georgia Took a Huge Gamble in South Ossetia ...
    Japan and the Suicide Problem
    Zimbabwe: Can Morgan Tsvangirai, Arthur ...


Lee Jay Walker serves as Tokyo Correspondent of The Seoul Times. He specializes in int'l relations and geopolitics. He is also involved in analyst work and research on business. After finishing BA degree in East European Studies at the University of London, he earned MA degree in Asia Pacific Studies at Nottingham Trent University. Website at http://www.leejaywalker.wordpress.com where work is published.

 

back

 

 

 

The Seoul Times Shinheungro 25-gil 2-6 Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea 04337 (ZC)
Office: 02-555-6188 Email:seoultimes@gmail.com
Copyrights 2000 The Seoul Times Company  ST Banner Exchange