After Bali: The Threat of Terrorism in Southeast Asia by Kumar Ramakrishna, See Seng Tan

By Kumar Ramakrishna, See Seng Tan

This e-book seriously analyses the explicit chance of terrorism in Southeast Asia because the Bali blasts of 12 October 2002 and the US-led struggle on Iraq. It deals a entire and demanding exam of the ideological, socioeconomic and political motivations, trans-regional linkages, and media representations of the terrorist hazard within the area, assesses the efficacy of the nearby counter-terror reaction and indicates a extra balanced and nuanced method of fighting the phobia danger in Southeast Asia. The members comprise top students of political Islam within the quarter, well known terrorism and neighborhood safeguard analysts, in addition to very hot nearby reporters and commentators. This represents an impressive and unmatched mix of craftsmanship.

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36 Ramakrishna himself castigates the US "military-operational" fixation that encourages the second front discourse in analysis of the region. He has argued recently that "it would be strategic inefficiency pure and simple to physically eliminate scattered terrorist groups without addressing the roots of the anti-Americanism that animates them". 37 Hence we return to the theme discussed earlier that the ideological milieu that produces radical Islamists is of the utmost importance in the counterterror campaign in Southeast Asia.

As far as Indonesia is concerned, Abuza suggests that KOMPAK, a charity associated with the hardline DDII, has played a role in funding radical Islamist militancy. For example, KOMPAK produced propaganda and recruitment videos for Laskar Jundullah, "emphasising both their military strength and sense of Muslim persecution". Abuza 12 After Bali: The Threat of Terrorism in Southeast Asia adds that Al Qaeda established "not just charities, but also corporate entities" as part of its funding infrastructure in the region.

67 Finally, given the very direct connection between perceived US antipathy against the Muslim world and Islamist radicalisation in Southeast Asia, as evidenced by Imam Samudra's comments, it is very important that Washington makes a serious effort to improve its image with Muslims worldwide. On the one hand, as Ramakrishna observes in the volume, more nuanced public diplomacy showing how America has "genuinely helped alleviate the plight of Muslims in Kuwait, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and now Iraq" is needed.

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