Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Celebrity Imam to the Bali Bombers speaks!

The First Post offers this snappy commentary from Bad-boy Bashir, Celebrity Imam to the Bali Bombers:
Bashir bashes the infidel from his prison cell.

This just about sums it up as far as the Indonesian government goes:

Indonesian authorities have been woolly in their response to terrorism for fear of alienating a largely anti-American population. Nothing illustrates this better than the appeal court's judgment on Bashir's early release - they took the decision even though he was implicated in a JI plot to overthrow Indonesia's previous government, and despite independent testimony from senior JI operatives in custody that he had approved the 2002 bombings.

It's good to be Imam.

Bashir is a lanky, bespectacled Hadrami, who, like Osama Bin Laden, traces his family back to the Hadramawt region of Yemen. Surrounded by acolytes - including known JI bombers - serving him dates...

Remember this is a jail house interview but he has acolytes serving him dates. I'd call that the celebrity treatment, wouldn't you?

Here's a random sampling of the q&a:
Q. What are the conditions for Islam to be strong?
A. The infidel country must be visited and spied upon. If we don't come to them, they will persecute Islam. They will prevent non-Muslims converting.

Q. What can the West, especially the US, do to make the world more peaceful?
A. They have to stop fighting Islam. That's impossible because it is sunnatullah [destiny, a law of nature], as Allah has said in the Koran. If they want to have peace, they have to accept to be governed by Islam.

Q. What if they persist?
A. We'll keep fighting them and they'll lose. The batil [falsehood] will lose sooner or later. I sent a letter to Bush. I said that you'll lose and there is no point for you [to fight us]. This [concept] is found in the Koran.

Q. So this fight will never end?
A. Never. This fight is compulsory. Muslims who don't hate America sin. What I mean by America is George Bush's regime. There is no iman [belief] if one doesn't hate America.

There's more from this guy but you get the general drift.

It's gonna go down, it's just a question of when. You might want to print out a copy of this. Remember scouts - be prepared.

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