posted on Oct, 5 2005 @ 03:38 AM
Originally posted by subz
Why ban others but not JI?
I think the reluctance in banning Jemaah Islamiyah stems from the fact that there are a number of elements within the Indonesian government who are
sympathetic, to varying degress, of their goal of overthrowing the Indonesian democracy and establishing an Islamic caliphate that would operate under
their brand of extremism. If the government were to publicly ban JI, there is a fear that this would create sympathy for their cause and possible
instability amongst the Indonesian government itself.
I think this need to maintain stability is behind John Howard's comments that banning JI would be a fruitless endeavour. Australia does not want to
see splits develop within the Indonesian leadership, as this would present a range of possible security issues. Banning an organisation such as Al
Qaeda is far simpler, given that they are noit entrenched in a nearby neighbouring country. These statements are motivated not so much by fear as by a
desire to maintain a sense of balance, at least publicly, within the Indonesian leadership, to avoid instability or a possible overthrow or coup
I too feel that JI should be located and exterminated. The police agencies of Australia and Indonesia seem to work well together in identifying and
apprehending suspects, but it is the military which must be brought to bear on annihilating JI training camps and facilities. This is where it becomes
difficult, given that Indonesia is reluctant in the extreme to allow Australian military units to operate on Indonesian soil. This was evident even
during the Tsunami crisis, where debate revolved around the number of foreign troops who were operating in Indonesia and the length of time they were
in-country for. The Indonesian military isn't bad, but it is conceivable that their potential might be hampered by elements within the government who
are sympathetic to JI. It is frustrating, because there is a feeling that if we could just deploy the SAS, we could have JI wrapped up within a
relatively short amount of time. I guess it's up to Indonesia.
[edit on 5/10/05 by Jeremiah25]