“Terrorist” Is In Eye Of Beholder

Abduallah Sunata is accused by the government of Indonesia of being a terrorist who planned to kill westerners in his country. Prosecutor Asep Aminudin told the media: “The accused attempted or assisted in carrying out terrorist acts, with the use of violence to stir up an atmosphere of terror and widespread fear.” After his initial release from jail, “the accused was active in preaching about jihad and the obligation of people to carry out jihad.” There is evidence Mr. Sunata met with terrorist leader Dulmatin, the man responsible for the Bali bombings in 2002 that resulted in dozens of people dying when a nightclub was blown up. Police charge Sunata with planning attacks on the Danish embassy in Jakarta in order to demonstrate revenge for the infamous cartoons that appeared in a Danish newspaper.

Sunata has denied the accusations. According to him, “the term terrorist is neutral, can be positive or negative…. I’ll leave it to Allah to decide the outcome.” A major problem in dealing with the topic of “terrorism” is the word has different meanings depending on who uses it. One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.