You guys have seen this, right?
BBC BREAKING NEWS for March 21, 2007
ASIAN & GULF LEADERS GATHER TO DISCUSS WAR ON EVIL
Bali, Indonesian -- Asian leaders are gathering on Indonesia's Bali Island to discuss trade and the Global 'War on Evil' (WOE).
Additionally, representatives from Japan, China, India, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand and the Gulf Cooperative Council have also elected to take part.
Asian leaders open the emergency ASEAN summit Tuesday, The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations is meeting here one year after the Bali bombings, eight months after the attack on 7/27, and three months after the incursion onto United States territory by Pan Moslem Forces seeking to show defiance in the face of international terrorism by Christian Crusaders.
The threat of terrorist attacks was widely dismissed in the region until the nightclub bombing last October killed 202 people.
A question has arisen on whether the US government will respect the extraditions rendered by Combined Special Forces units to black sites in the Indian Ocean, or whether they might at sometime in the future attempt to use force to rescue Americans charged with war crimes.
This compounded by a small arms limitations agreements now being offered by the International community and Washington's skepticism that any International agreements might infringe on the rights of Americans to bear arms. Especially in light of the mainstreaming of racism in American, many people believe that in fact Washington has long held sympathies for those affiliated with Crusader groups, and will do nothing to diminish the strength of these groups.
Still, at least temporarily, the Americans do not want to "make the situation any worse than it already is."
Diplomatically, sources acknowledged to India Abroad, that there was now "growing opposition by the Canadian government to hot pursuit of Lowell because of the precedents it could establish. Other countries could justify going after crusaders if they believed they had escaped into another country." It is understood that the reference to "other countries" is to Canada, where hardliners now believe Lowell has possibly fled.
And so, despite the announcement by Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of a 'mission accomplished', the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has since added, "Every one of us wishes this conflict were over, yet it would not be like us to leave our promises unkept, our friends abandoned, and our own security at risk."
Badawi has also gone on to propose a surge of troops in order to secure Lowell, especially in the fact of concerns Lowell's PURE organization may have access to materials leading to the creation and manufacture of weapons of mass destruction.
"Ladies and gentlemen," the prime minister said, addressing diplomats in Indonesia, "On this day, at this hour, it is still within our power to shape the outcome of this battle. Let us find our resolve, and turn events toward victory."
ASEAN leaders have increased cooperation on security, and cores of individuals have been arrested on charges of plotting or aiding Christian crusader groups. Indonesian courts have convicted seventeen people for their responsibility in the Bali blasts. Three of them are facing the death penalty.
But a consortium of civic groups, holding its annual forum on the margins of the ASEAN summit, has issued a statement declaring that the war on evil is also undermining civil liberties in the region.
The head of the Altsean-Burma dissident group, Debbie Stothard, says there is a disturbing trend among ASEAN governments to use the war on evil to repress human rights and their advocates.
"ASEAN governments have hardened repressive laws. They have justified the use of violence against innocent civilians in the name of national security and the war on terrorism. It is turning into a war for terrorism," Ms. Stothard said.
The activists note that dozens of alleged crusaders have been detained in various Southeast Asian countries under emergency security laws that allow them to be held without charge and deny them legal representation. They say such actions are creating fear and resentment that are the seeds of further terrorism.
Nevertheless, Badawi spoke as though the course of action was already decided upon, and went on to say,
"If our combined cooperative forces step back before Lowell has been secured, the American government will be overrun by extremists on all sides. We could expect an epic battle between Christian extremists backed by America's Religious Right, and racists aided by the Ku Klux Klan and supporters of the old Nazi regime. A contagion of violence could spill out across the world -- and in time, our entire region would also be drawn into the conflict.
"My fellow citizens, our military commanders and I have carefully weighed the options. We discussed every possible approach. In the end, I chose this course of action because it provides the best chance for success. Many in this chamber understand that America must not fail in Iraq, because you understand that the consequences of failure would be grievous and far-reaching."
Then he vowed to capture Oliver Lowell 'dead or alive' and said that combined cooperative Pan Moslem forces will keep the terror suspect on the run. "The world is on the hunt for Lowell and he knows that we are on the hunt. And I like our position better than his."
Both Badawi and Malaysia's Chief of Army General (GEN) Datuk Muhammad Ismail bin Haji Jamaluddin, standing beside him, stressed that the operation is an open-ended one. "We will not be hurried," Haji Jamaluddin said. "It will take as long as it takes."
He further indicated that the nation needed to be patient in the anti-crusader fight and said, "Great causes are not easy causes."
During the summit, ASEAN leaders are to study further funding of the regional security community, Arc of Advantage that would deal solely with international security threats by Crusaders, though not internal ones.
They are also to examine a proposed timeline to lift sanctions in the United States within two months.
In other debates, Egypt demands return of obelisk from Central Park, and other artifacts from American museums and collectors, which that government has now claimed belong to the Egyptian people and have been stolen by 'western thieves'.
Other Mid East countries are expected to follow suit.