By Kumar Ramakrishna, See Seng Tan
This booklet significantly analyses the explicit probability of terrorism in Southeast Asia because the Bali blasts of 12 October 2002 and the US-led warfare on Iraq. It bargains a complete and demanding exam of the ideological, socioeconomic and political motivations, trans-regional linkages, and media representations of the terrorist hazard within the sector, assesses the efficacy of the nearby counter-terror reaction and indicates a extra balanced and nuanced method of scuffling with the phobia chance in Southeast Asia. The individuals contain best students of political Islam within the zone, popular terrorism and local protection analysts, in addition to very popular nearby newshounds and commentators. This represents an impressive and unmatched mix of workmanship.
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9 grievances driving Muslims in the south into the ranks of the Abu Sayyaf Group and particularly the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) include "Moro landlessness, poverty, unemployment, widespread discrimination and Catholic militia abuses". Tan notes that while various Moro rebel groups such as the MILF have accepted foreign assistance, including Al Qaeda funding and training, and Islam has served as a focal point of resistance to the central government, the Moro struggle is principally a nationalist and territorial one.
Abuza asserts that while most of the Saudi money is for "mosque construction, charities, cultural centres, and NGOs, much of the money is diverted to clandestine activities". He shows how the IIRO in the Philippines, for example, was used by bin Laden to "distribute funds for the purchase of arms and other logistical requirements of the Abu Sayyaf and MILF". As far as Indonesia is concerned, Abuza suggests that KOMPAK, a charity associated with the hardline DDII, has played a role in funding radical Islamist militancy.
In fact the prevailing military-operational paradigm has funnelled analysis along the single dimension of the alleged deficiencies of regional and national 18 After Bali: The Threat of Terrorism in Southeast Asia state responses in Southeast Asia. On the one hand, Southeast Asian governments are often criticised as being loath to co-operate with one another in counter-terrorism action. 39 This fact, however, at times takes analysis to untenable extremes. 40 They add that ASEAN as a regional association has tended to treat the discovery of a pan-Southeast Asian radical Islamist terrorist threat "merely as an opportunity to disclaim responsibility for the growing sense of crisis in the region by pointing the finger elsewhere and condemning the failings of their ostensible partners".