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SpecialReport: Seeds of terror nurtured as teaching of hate proliferates

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, August 15 2009   /  01:25 pm

Indonesia is facing an ongoing struggle against terrorists, their extremist supporters and fi rebrand clerics as counterterror forces move in those linked with the Jakarta hotel bombings. It is becoming evident that extremist Islam, while not supported by the majority in Indonesia, is still treated with a high degree of public permissiveness, complacency from the government and silence by Islamic parties. The Jakarta Post's Rendi Akhmad Witular and Andra Wisnu explore some of the root causes for radical support in Indonesia. Radical cleric Abubakar Ba'asyir attempted to reignite Islamic extremist sentiments Thursday as he oversaw the hero's welcome for the bodies of deceased terrorists Air Setyawan and Eko Joko Sarjono in Sragen, Central Java. Hundreds of hard-line Muslims lined the streets to praise the men, who are widely believed to be responsible for the Jakarta hotel bombi...