December 7, 2005


JI 'near death' but still a threat (Patrick Walters, 08dec05, The Australian)

JEMAAH Islamiah is "virtually finished" as a strong terrorist network but Indonesia still faces the threat of random small-scale attacks by individuals.

Indonesian Defence Minister Juwono Sudarsono told The Australian in an exclusive interview that the number of committed terrorists in the country was estimated at no more than 150 to 200.

However, Dr Sudarsono said security authorities remained deeply concerned about the possibility of fresh attacks in the lead-up to Christmas.

And he emphasised the critical importance of strong economic growth in Indonesia and reducing poverty levels to help defeat terrorism by preventing young people from drifting towards the "misguided ideology" of extremism.

"As a tightly knit opposition network, I think it (JI) is virtually finished," Dr Sudarsono said.

"But the very randomness of these attacks, small-scale attacks, is still a potential danger."

The WoT is being won far more quickly than anyone could have imagined on 9-11, though some terrible attacks likely litter our future.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 7, 2005 4:24 PM

150 to 200 seems like a lot, when you consider that could be as many as 40 cells committed to mayhem and murder.

If they have a third big strike in Indonesia, perhaps they'll regret not executing the guru 3 years ago.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 7, 2005 4:53 PM

We shall look in vain for the Endsieg in the WoT.

Israel still fights after half a century. Hanging Saddam, smashing the Taliban, small victories, here and there, Pakistan, the Phillipines, Indonesia, all these are good things. However, we need to remember that our war is against principalities and powers--spiritual enemies. The better we do, the more they will hate.

Every success of democracy, freedom, human rights, the rule of law, deepens the hate of the Boxers of the world. As our values surpass, and theirs go under, how could they not strike out again in rage.

The passing of our current enemies will be on the surface only; some mahdi will come again, or some "new" movement, progressing back to paganism or other savagery which we cannot now foresee. Thus only the dead have seen the last of war.

Posted by: Lou Gots at December 7, 2005 5:00 PM

"We became less defensive and less in denial that some Islamic groups were misinterpreting the precepts of Islam."


Dr Sudarsono said outlawing JI - a move resisted by Jakarta - would not help Indonesia's counter-terrorist effort.

He sounds serious, but part of Jakarta is apperently still in 'denying the problem will make it go away'-mode. Which mindset is prevailing?

Posted by: Daran at December 7, 2005 5:07 PM


Outlasted another one.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at December 8, 2005 12:17 AM