Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Metaphysics and the war on terror

This from the BBC today regarding the terror war in SE Asia.

Australia wants Indonesia to do more to clamp down on Jemaah Islamiah, the group responsible for bombings on Bali. JI, as it's known to its friends, is a particularly militant offshoot of Al Qaeda. It operates primarily in Indonesia and supports a Muslim caliphate across SE Asia. They're not so worried about what to do with the hundreds of millions of Hindus, Buddhists, and people of other religions who currently reside in the region. Like most radical Islamic groups, they have one solution for these kinds of details.

The upshot of the BBC article is that Indonesia says they can't ban JI, as JI doesn't officially exist. Which begs the question: If a radical Islamic terrorist explodes in the forest, is his love-shack in Paradise paneled with real wood, or veneer?

The Australian PM, John Howard, says that banning the group probably won't do any good. You think?

BTW - I don't intend to offend anyone in the Muslim community. I am, however, hoping to offend the radical Muslim community, just as I hope to offend the radical Christian community, radical Jewish community, and radical other random community. You might say that I am against radicals of any stripe.

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