Laskar Jihad and Sharia Law
- Dear Listmembers,
I was wondering what the take is of our members residing in Indonesia
and Malaysia of the following article:
(if the above line is cut, reassemble it in the address line of your
I would imagine that Ja'far Umar Thalib also speaks of similar
sentiments held by an organization in Malaysia, the KMM Jihad (though
their specific representative was not cited.)
At any rate, Ja'far Umar Thalib has "thousands of [armed] dedicated
warriors at his command" and he demands that all Americans
immediately leave Indonesia or they will face death. If America
responds to the attacks on 9/11/01 then his armies "will declare war
on all U.S. facilities in Indonesia."
Despite the wishes of the Indonesian government he and his followers
have instituted Sharia law in the Molucca Islands where the death
toll has been at least 5,000 with a half a million people left
homeless because of his war on the Christians there.
Among many things, there is no freedom of religion under Sharia law,
you get the death penalty for converting to or propagating another
religion. Also, non-Muslims are treated as second class citizens,
their testimony is not valid in an Islamic court. Church and State
are synonymous. Apparently, Laskar Jihad feels this is what is best
for the Moluccans first, the Indonesians next and the rest of the
world after that.
Any study of the law will leave you with the idea that when it is
imposed on an area, if you want to continue living there you will
either accept it or die.
Ja'far said, "The World Trade Center was an appropriate target
because of its importance to the U.S. economy."
Apparently the fact that approximately 800 Muslims were among the
6,300+ innocent civilians murdered in that attack didn't seem to have
an effect on him. His reply, "The Muslim victims are like a side
To him, "What is more important is that the attack countered the
superiority of America in front of the Islamic world."
Notice, he is attempting to speak for "the Islamic world" when he
makes such a proclamation (just as Bin Laden does) and he's either
expecting America to respect him or fear him.
If he (and others like him) do not speak for the Islamic world then
it would be a good idea for the Islamic world to deal with him (and
quickly.) He and his followers have killed many people in their cause
and he advocated the slaughter of innocent people INCLUDING MUSLIMS
in the attack on 9/11/01.
If you know of specifics (insofar as official or military responses)
please don't email me or post them for security reasons. However, I'm
just trying to point out that the solution to this problem must
originate from the inside out or people like this man will drag down
all of Islam in their wake when the history books are written about