Sunday, March 24, 2002

NEXT TEST OF THE BUSH DOCTRINE? The government is angry that Indonesia is stalling, if not actively thwarting, the war against Al Qaeda in southeast Asia. This 90-percent Muslim country has a nasty track record of killing and terrorizing Christians and other minorities (see, e.g., East Timor). Now it's harboring leaders of Al Qaeda cells tied to bombing plots in Singapore, despite our requests to arrest them. The government says it's afraid to act because the public wouldn't stand for it. That's probably true. You know what you call people who think their government shouldn't arrest men who plot to kill your countrymen? Enemies.

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