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March 2008

Abu Bakar Basyir is at it again, although the clip where he exhorts his followers to attack tourists is old news, since it was made in October. For commentary see http://www.antara.co.id/en/arc/2008/3/25/baasyirs-call-for-violence-againts-islamic-teachings/. I'm not sure anyone takes this seriously, since the old ABB is clearly a sandwich short of a picnic (you might have heard him on the Mike Carlton documentary telling our reporter that the 2002 Bali bomb was launched by a CIA sub-marine). It would probably do no good to arrest the senile preacher for inciting violence, as this would feed his media profile, but a recent TV program suggested a good alternative, have him put away as clinically mad, since he clearly has no grasp of reality.