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Saturday, April 12, 2003
How many "baby bin Ladens" did we create? CNN reports >>Asian Muslims not celebrating. Muslims across Southeast Asia refused on Thursday to buy into the joy in Iraq over Saddam Hussein's ousting, saying the United States had set an ominous precedent that would linger long after the guns fell silent.
In mainly Muslim Indonesia and Malaysia, opinion was that distrust of U.S. intentions toward Muslims in general would take a long time to heal even though there is little love for the Iraqi leader in this mainly moderate part of the Islamic world.
Some said a long-term consequence was on moderates, and how they viewed the United States, with many seeing imperialism instead of a country promoting democracy and human rights. Debate on progressive Islam was also now out of fashion. "This joy is not without reserve. The forces there are like new colonisers," said Syafii Maarif, head of the 30-million strong Muhammadiyah, Indonesia's second biggest Muslim group. "At the bottom of many hearts, the hatred of America will linger, the hate is very, very deep," ... adding Bush was the modern version of Gengis Khan, the notorious Mongol conqueror. Indonesia [is], the world's most populous Muslim country. ... Republika, a Muslim newspaper, whose front-page banner headline read: "Colonising soldiers hold Baghdad." Ulil Abshar-Abdalla, a prominent Indonesian Muslim intellectual, said the war had badly hurt efforts to promote liberal discourse on Islam, such as debate about inter-religious marriages, and would continue to do so in Indonesia. Many people had labelled such debate pro-American, he said. ... "The feeling now is why should we examine ourselves and our religion when the United States is doing this."
Annuar Musa, a leader of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's ruling party, said the downfall of Saddam showed the world was controlled by Washington and that the United Nations was less relevant. "This sends a very bad signal to Muslim countries, that those who are against the Israelis could face economic or military pressure from the U.S.," Annuar said. "We won't see Muslims in Malaysia jumping for joy."
Among Thai Muslims, who make up about 10 percent of the country's population, reaction was much the same. "Muslims have to wage a war against America until they change their policy not to invade other countries," said Kariya Kijjarak, deputy secretary-general of the Central Islamic Committee of Thailand. "We cannot stop after the war is over." <<<
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