Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Indonesia releases Militant Islamic cleric

Yahoo! News reported A reputed top leader of an al-Qaida-linked terror group that has been blamed for the 2002 Bali bombings and other deadly attacks walked free from prison Wednesday to cries of "God is great" from cheering supporters. Abu Bakar Bashir, 68, had served 26 months for conspiracy in the Bali bombings, which killed 202 people

Gee, that is about 4 days per person.
and thrust Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, onto the front lines of the war on terror.

"I thank Allah that I am free today," a smiling Bashir said after emerging from a scrum of supporters and journalists waiting outside the gates of Jakarta's Cipinang prison. "I call on all Muslims to unite behind one goal, that is the implementation of Sharia law."
I wonder what the secular government that let him out thinks about that.
.... After being released, the preacher immediately set off for the boarding school he founded in central Java province, which is notorious for spawning many of the world's most populous Muslim nation's deadliest terrorists.
Got to start turning out more Jihadis.
"The United States is a state terrorist because it is waging war against Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan,"
Bashir told reporters when asked about U.S. accusations that he was a key member of Jemaah Islamiyah.

Bashir's freedom has raised concerns that he will energize Indonesia's small, Islamic radical fringe by making impassioned speeches at rallies and mosques, but few believe the stick-thin, softly spoken cleric will play any direct role in terrorism in the future.
You don't consider training, inspiring, and encouraging young people to become Jihadi terrorists playing a direct role?

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