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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Monday, May 08, 2006

Islamic moderate warns of militants

By Sharon Behn

The leader of Indonesia's second-largest Muslim organization says he is worried that the Islamic extremism undermining Iraq could spread and destabilize moderate Muslim nations like his own.

Din Syamsuddin, president of Muhammadiyah, said in an interview that moderate groups such as his were not capable of staving off an extremist threat.

"This threat is real. It is a threat not only to the United States, but to Muslims and Muslim leaders, and we don't have the capability -- like the state -- to equip ourselves for our defense," Mr. Syamsuddin told The Washington Times.

Established Islam in Indonesia is represented by major organizations such as Muhammadiyah, which is supported by about 35 million Muslims. Extremist groups such as al Qaeda say the moderate communities have sold out to secular governments and are therefore fair targets. Read on.


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