By Kumar Ramakrishna, See Seng Tan
This publication significantly analyses the categorical hazard of terrorism in Southeast Asia because the Bali blasts of 12 October 2002 and the US-led struggle on Iraq. It deals a accomplished and important exam of the ideological, socioeconomic and political motivations, trans-regional linkages, and media representations of the terrorist possibility within the area, assesses the efficacy of the local counter-terror reaction and indicates a extra balanced and nuanced method of battling the fear hazard in Southeast Asia. The participants contain major students of political Islam within the sector, popular terrorism and nearby protection analysts, in addition to very popular nearby reporters and commentators. This represents a powerful and unrivaled blend of workmanship.
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There are, Woodier laments, too few "attempts to put stories into perspective". For his part, well-known Thai journalist Kavi Chongkittavorn (Chapter 8) identifies "fierce competition" amongst powerful "media establishments" such as Cable News Network (CNN), The New York Times, The Asian Wall Street Journal, Time, The Washington Post and Newsweek as driving their coverage of terrorism in Southeast Asia. Chongkittavorn, like Woodier, observes that to capture "the Western, especially American, attention span", US media players have "constantly been searching for new angles and leads" to maintain 14 After Bali: The Threat of Terrorism in Southeast Asia the edge over their rivals.
In like vein, the International Crisis Group, in its most recent report on JI, acknowledged the danger of detained militants giving "misleading information to interrogators". It thus claims to ensure that through "cross-checking different accounts of the same incident", bias or inaccuracy is reduced, and a "reasonably reliable description of events" attained. 21 Very much in line with Williams' injunction, and Thayer's warning, not to associate uncritically every Southeast Asian radical Islamist group or activity with Al Qaeda, is the essay by Andrew Tan (Chapter 4) on the roots of the very important Moro insurgency in Mindanao in the southern Philippines.
22 Thus, to reiterate, while not every Muslim separatist movement in Southeast Asia has Al Qaeda or for that matter JI in the background orchestrating developments, that does not mean that such a scenario can never develop at some point. Watchfulness is called for. Is Southeast Asia a "Terrorist Haven"? 11 Moreover, while Al Qaeda may, as Thayer suggests, not be behind everything, it has certainly been behind some things in Southeast Asia. Leading Al Qaeda expert Rohan Gunaratna explains that despite the setbacks suffered by Al Qaeda since the commencement of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2001 in Afghanistan, the network is far from finished.
After Bali: The Threat of Terrorism in Southeast Asia by Kumar Ramakrishna, See Seng Tan