Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Lashkar Jihad has announced it will disband. Somehow I don't believe it. Knowing what they have done in Poso and Ambom I don't see them making this move. The hatred and inhumanity that they have displayed does not make this statement too believable.

He insisted the move was unconnected to the bombing and was rooted in theological issues. ``It has nothing to do with the bombs. There was no pressure on us from military,'' he said. ``It is an internal matter. The clerics in Indonesia and in the Middle East have disagreed with Jafar Umar Thalib's teachings and have asked him to disband the group,'' Michdan said without elaborating.

Efforts to contact Jafar Umar Thalib, the group's leader in Ambon, the capital of Maluku province about 1,600 miles east of Jakarta, were unsuccessful. Laskar Jihad is blamed for the slaughter of thousands of Christians in a sectarian conflict in the Maluku islands.

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