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From prayer groups to prison cells to this village of tin-roofed, clapboard houses, three Indonesian clerics pursued their vision of an Islamic state stretching across much of Southeast Asia. Operating from a secluded compound an hour from Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur, they shuttled to other Islamic lands and fanned out across Malaysia, living on donations and urging the faithful to join a holy war to protect Islam.
The chief suspect in the kidnapping of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl had a flair for writing himself and penned a long, revealing confession after he was jailed for kidnapping an American tourist seven years ago. Police in Karachi, Pakistan, charged three men Friday in connection with Pearl's disappearance. They are to appear in court Monday. But Pakistani authorities suspect that it was Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh who lured Pearl into a trap in Karachi on Jan.
January 11, 2002
Re "Stop Terror at Its Source: Iran," Commentary, Jan. 8: I cannot comprehend how Yossi Klein Halevi imagines that our bombing Tehran will cause democrats in Iran to overthrow the liberalizing government of elected President Mohammad Khatami. Halevi's beef is with the Iranian fundamentalists like Hashemi Rafsanjani, who uses hawkish rhetoric to college students in an effort to reconvert them to holy war. In today's inexorable escalation of the Mideast conflict to a wider war in Asia, we cannot afford to listen to hawks in Israel, Palestine or Iran.
December 16, 2001 | ZAFFAR ABBAS, Zaffar Abbas is a Pakistani journalist who writes regularly for The Herald, a monthly magazine, and reports for BBC radio.
It has been less noticed, certainly. But the disappearance of pro-Taliban Islamic extremists from the streets of Pakistan has been even more rapid than the withdrawal of Taliban forces from Kabul. The Taliban's dramatic and sudden fall was surprising even to the regime's opponents. To Pakistani supporters, the defeat was shocking. Early in the war, tens of thousands of members of Pakistani Islamic groups flooded the streets, protesting the U.S.-led military action in Afghanistan and vowing to participate in a jihad on the side of their Taliban brethren.
November 5, 2001 | From Reuters
The head of the 22-nation Arab League on Sunday dismissed an appeal by Osama bin Laden to Muslims to join a holy war against the West, saying the Saudi militant did not speak for the world's Arabs and Muslims. Egypt, the Arab world's most populous country, also rejected the appeal, saying the world was united against Bin Laden.
U.S. warplanes mounted the heaviest bombardment yet of the Taliban's forces along the front line near here Saturday, as an estimated 8,000 armed Pakistani volunteers massed at their country's rugged northwestern border, ready to join the Taliban inside Afghanistan. The emergence of a new Taliban fighting ally, armed with rocket launchers and Kalashnikov rifles, threatened to open a troubling new front in the already complicated Afghan conflict.
October 22, 2001
Unfortunately, the Taliban forces are not sleeping in barracks in large bases just waiting for us to lazily come along and blow them to smithereens. Every night they go home to their families knowing full well that if they are killed, it will be called an attack on civilians. Don't get me wrong, I abhor war, but I am an American and I stand with my countrymen and women until the end, whatever course we take. We have chosen to take these guys out. When we land troops, there will be a good many to oppose us, hiding with their families.
October 14, 2001
It is extremely disturbing that all major American broadcast networks have succumbed to pressure from the White House and will not be airing unedited versions of Osama bin Laden's diatribes (Oct. 11). The American public needs to hear the message of hate direct from the source. We can handle it. The solution to hate speech is not to edit it or to ban it. On the contrary, it must be exposed to the light of day. It strains credulity to believe the White House's explanation that somehow Bin Laden is communicating with his followers through hand gestures or secret code.
October 14, 2001 | BARBARA KINGSOLVER, Barbara Kingsolver is the author of, among other books, "The Poisonwood Bible" and "Prodigal Summer." This article will appear in a forthcoming collection of essays
I cannot find the glory in this day. When I picked up the newspaper and saw "America Strikes Back!" blazed boastfully across it in letters I swear were 10 inches tall--shouldn't they reserve at least one type size for something like, say, nuclear war?--my heart sank. We've answered one terrorist act with another, raining death on the most war-scarred, terrified populace that ever crept to a doorway and looked out. The small plastic boxes of food we also dropped are a travesty.
September 23, 2001
Excuse me if I sound flush with patriotism, but on Thursday night I experienced what could well be the defining moment of U.S. history in my lifetime. As I listened to President Bush's speech before Congress, I heard a nation being called to duty as it hasn't been since World War II. Since I missed Pearl Harbor by 17 years, I can only imagine the feelings of patriotism that Americans felt as they listened to FDR's famous speech. On Thursday, tears of pride welled up in my eyes as I listened to the president.
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