By Kumar Ramakrishna, See Seng Tan
This e-book severely analyses the explicit danger of terrorism in Southeast Asia because the Bali blasts of 12 October 2002 and the US-led struggle on Iraq. It bargains a entire and significant 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 neighborhood counter-terror reaction and indicates a extra balanced and nuanced method of struggling with the phobia possibility in Southeast Asia. The participants contain major students of political Islam within the quarter, well known terrorism and local safeguard analysts, in addition to very popular neighborhood reporters and commentators. This represents a powerful and unmatched mixture of craftsmanship.
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Ajay Sahni argues with great perspicacity elsewhere that the conceptual notion of a geographically demarcated "locus of terrorism" may in fact be very misleading. He asks rhetorically: How are we to locate the locus? Is it the region of the largest concentration of terrorists? Or of their leadership? Or of their activities?... The concentration of terrorist groups in organised "training camps" in Afghanistan and Pakistan, for instance was a deceptive aberration... 31 Sahni argues persuasively that there is little conceptual rigour driving the widely used "locus of terrorism" heuristic.
He opines that the emergence of many radical Islamist groups in Indonesia has been due to oppressive state policy during the New Order period, as well as real and perceived political and socio-economic injustice at the current time. He warns that radical Islam might gain further ground if Jakarta fails to engineer a speedy economic recovery and construct a viable democracy based on the rule of law. Warning against reverting to a greater role of the military in the politics of the country in order to foster greater stabilitas, Sukma reckons that such a development would only foster a return to the repression that Indonesians do not wish to undergo yet again.
She criticised government officials for giving in to Muslims leaders who argue that the name Jemaah Islamiyah refers to the "broader Muslim community". She asserted that until Jakarta acknowledges categorically and unequivocally JI's existence, "they're not going to be able to stop it". 50 While such sentiment is understandable, it is 24 After Bali: The Threat of Terrorism in Southeast Asia not entirely fair. As pointed out earlier, ASEAN governments genuinely want to deal with the radical Islamist threat, but, to use a Clauewitizian metaphor, are facing "friction" in doing so.
After Bali: The Threat of Terrorism in Southeast Asia by Kumar Ramakrishna, See Seng Tan