Jemaah Islamiah (JI), the Indonesian wing of al Qaeda, has run
out of popular support, and is trying to get it back. While there are still a
lot of Islamic conservatives in Indonesia (20 million or more), few of them are
willing to kill, or die, to force these beliefs on others. JI leaders are
concentrating on teaching and propaganda activities, in order to get more of
their members in a murderous mood.
24, 2007: Increasingly violent gang activity in East Timor has resulted
in two gang members being killed by Australian troops.
23, 2007: To no ones great surprise, a retired Indonesian general has
pled guilty to arranging illegal arms shipments to Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka.
The general did it for money, which appears to be the motto of too many senior
military officials in Indonesia.
19, 2007: In East Timor, police are losing control to large mobs, which
have looted a food warehouse, and burned down six buildings. Related violence
left one man dead. A jail break saw five prisoners escape.