By Tracy Dahlby
On the front–lines with the development of Al Queda forces in Indonesia either earlier than and after September 11, written in provocative type via the previous Asia bureau leader for Newsweek foreign.
In Allah's Torch, nationwide Geographic's Tracy Dahlby takes readers into the sprawling, porous, nearly lawless area of Indonesia, the place overlapping strains of radical Islamic rage at the moment are converging in Asia, posing new threats to Westerners at domestic and abroad.
From the instant the journey starts, the evening the writer errors on board an Indonesian passenger send with six hundred Islamic warriors on an anti–Christian jihad, readers glimpse the passions, politics and personalities fuelling radical Islam's relentless march. We pay attention as Koran–thumping preachers, hardened holy warriors and fresh–faced recruits, police investigators, army commandos, and spies try and make feel of the epidemic chaos that threatens the area – and now the realm beyond.
Based on reporting either prior to and after September eleven, Allah's Torch is an action–packed and thought–provoking narrative that allows readers to determine the face of Islamic terror extra in actual fact and examine the risk for themselves.
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We saw them . ,” I said. “They think Pontoh here has given them the wrong times for their prayers. ” said the man in uniform. Eyes wide with drama, he spoke in an ebullient, tommy-gun stutter, and as Norman and Tanya took turns translating, he explained that the Jihad bigwigs had stormed the bridge earlier that morning, demanding justice. I gulped inwardly. Everybody knows devout Muslims, required to bow in the direction of Mecca ﬁve times a day, are understandably very particular about getting their prayer times exactly right.
And now on the high seas, it was this very same fellow taking the lead as the trio stomped the deck, going somewhere in a big hurry and—thank God for small favors, I thought—completely ignoring Norman and me. “Not the happy campers, Boss,” observed Norman. And we found out why soon enough. When we walked in,Tanya was seated in a big swivel chair, her feet dangling off the ﬂoor, and talking to a tough-looking man in a crisp white uniform shirt whose gold bars identiﬁed him as the ship’s chief officer.
And while the Muslim world’s many moderate thinkers pressed the principle of the Greater Jihad,the never-ending, Zenlike process whereby the individual uses life’s challenges as grist to reﬁne both spirit and mind, Jaffar and Osama were quite prepared to make a great bloody thing out of the so-called Lesser Jihad, taking the ﬁght to the inﬁdels, as a means of achieving their political ends. Interestingly, though perhaps coincidentally, Osama and Jaffar were also both of Yemeni ancestry. While approximately eighty percent of Indonesians are of Malay stock, and ﬁfteen percent Melanesian, roughly as many as ﬁve percent trace bloodlines to the Middle East, and as a group tend to foster ties with the sterner forms of Islam.