Sunday, August 13, 2006

This is big, very big–

"Responding to reports that the governments of Britain and The United States are reluctant to arrest and deport individuals...all 57 members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the world's largest Muslim political alliance, are expected to take part in an emergency summit in Malaysia..."

The first day of the conference starts TOMORROW.

–and then later in Jakarta:

"...members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)...are planning to gather for a conference of their own in Jakarta. The emergency meeting, scheduled for Wednesday of next week is being held to discuss the implications of an oil and gas company, Petroliam Nasional Bhd, as the primary target for the suspected Christian Terrorists."

Full story below–

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MUSLIM COUNTRIES TO HOLD SUMMIT IN MALAYSIA:
Oil Producers Converge in Indonesia


KUALA LUMPUR: Responding to reports that the governments of Britain and The United States are reluctant to arrest and deport individuals believed to have some connection to the 7/27 terrorist attacks in India, Indonesia and Malaysia, all 57 members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the world's largest Muslim political alliance, are expected to take part in an emergency summit in Malaysia, which chairs the conference, this upcoming week to discuss possible measures to bring the guilty parties to justice, officials said Thursday.

For their part, British and American officials say they fear any premature arrests could widen a gulf between authorities and each nation's respectively large conservative voting bloc, which fear their communities are coming "under siege” as a result of misunderstood imperial policies.

When asked about the possibility of at least detaining the lone American suspect, Oliver Lowell, an American official at a White House Press Conference, said, "We don’t want to continually justify our actions or inactions. If the Malaysian government submits the appropriate documentation, with suitably empirical evidence, then of course we’ll begin measures to rapid extradition. In the meantime, everyone here just wants to get on with our lives."

Calling his own press conference, Bill Winsom, a former leader of the radical First Baptist Congregation of America group, who praised the July 27, 2006 attacks on Asian soil, commented: "I wouldn't be surprised if this was just another case of a high-profile operation whipping the general public into a frenzy with very scant evidence to back it up."

The OIC Conference will take place in the Kuala Lumpur Conference Center located across from the former site of the Petronas Towers. The Conference center, though surrounded by rubble, itself remains intact. The Center was chosen over the usual Putrajaya location as OIC officials thought it important that its members witness the destruction (for themselves) carried out by Christian citizens of supposed allied nation states.

The meeting underscores "the importance of demonstrating the Islamic world's collective concern for this great human tragedy,'' said OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.

Ihsanoglu, who is based in Saudi Arabia, said the one-day meeting scheduled for Monday is expected to involve heads of government, mainly from the OIC executive committee, which comprises Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Indonesia, Iran, Senegal, Yemen, Turkey and Azerbaijan.

A Malaysian Foreign Ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was still not clear if India, while not a member, but nevetheless a victim of the multinational tragedy, –and home to over 130 million Muslims– would participate. An invitation to the predominantly Hindu country’s foreign minister is reported as having been extended.

Regardless of India’s eventual decision, a brief poll suggests that across the region, anxiety is rising at an alarming rate: “The tragic events of 7/27 carries the danger of a spillover that will have disastrous consequences," Bangladesh's Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said in a prepared statement regarding the one-day talks.

"This will surely add to radicalization in the Muslim world, (which) in turn will increase difficulties for those of us on the side of moderation," she further added.

Meanwhile, in Indonesia, members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which include Algeria, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela, are planning to gather for a conference of their own in Jakarta. The emergency meeting, scheduled for Wednesday of next week is being held to discuss the implications of an oil and gas company, Petroliam Nasional Bhd, as the primary target for the suspected Christian Terrorists.

Malaysia is not a member of OPEC, but her neighbor Indonesia to the south, who was a target in the attacks, is. That fact notwithstanding, Malaysia is the world's third largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer. Shares of Shell Oil, which exports much of Malaysian LNG have plummeted given the recent events, causing what some describe as mild panic among Energy buyers in the United States and China.

In response, Australia had reportedly offered to increase its LNG production, but a coalition of Indonesian, Indian and Malaysian armed forces have vowed to secure regional shipping lanes until the matter of extradition of the suspected terrorists from Europe and America is resolved.

Both the OIC and OPEC conferences are being planned at a time when global concern is peaking not just over the events of 7/27, but over the UK arrests of 24 Pakistani suspects in an alleged British terror plot, and continuing Israeli air strikes in Lebanon. The most recent attack in Lebanon reportedly killed 56 people, mostly women and children.

Meanwhile about 100 American and European expats, thought to still retain professional ties in Kuala Lumpur and the rest of Malaysia, demonstrated outside Planet Hollywood today, chanting slogans and holding banners that read, "Don't allow Muslim Malaysians to Blame Christian Fanatics for Acts of Evil."

At the same time, from across the street, a young Muslim man helping to recover human remains from the heap of twisted iron and rubble that used to be the Petronas Twin Towers had this to say about the Judeo-Christian nation states:

“We continuously see our brothers and sisters being killed by Western troops - such are the scenes that are formulating the minds of young Muslims.”



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