Indonesia has been a stronghold of moderation in the conflict between radical Muslims and those who seek to live in a society in which other religions can co-exist. There has always been a radical Islamist force within the country, but they have never been able to assert their power and gain control of the government. Over the past few days, Indonesian security forces discovered a secret Islamist training camp which was training terrorists to enter Jakarta, launch attacks on hotels and other buildings in which there were foreigners, kill as many as they could and then attack the government in order to seize power and proclaim an Islamist nation governed by the principles of sharia law.
There is evidence local Indonesian radicals were working with al-Qaeda, Aceh region in a new combined terrorist group. We live each day with the legacy of George Bush’s stupidity in launching a war against Muslims.