Apparently Abu Bakar Bashir believes that Allah made a mistake: he “showered the infidels, the zionists, the Americans, the Europeans and their allies with wealth, technology and strong-arm equipment.” Now he prays that Allah rectify that mistake by “lock[ing] dead their heart, because they are faithless and therefore deserve bitter torture from you.” Bashir already visited some bitter torture upon the Infidels himself by means of the Bali bombings, (and a few other attacks) but that doesn’t seem to have been enough for him.
“UPDATE 1-Indonesia Islamist uses trial to blast U.S. ‘infidels,'” by Olivia Rondonuwu forÂ Reuters, May 25 (thanks to JW):
JAKARTA, May 25 (Reuters) – Indonesian Islamist cleric Abu Bakar Bashir used his final defence against charges of funding a militant group on Wednesday to denounce the United States for trying to stop Islamic preaching in the world’s most populous Muslim nation.
Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for the frail Bashir, 72, who delivered a piercing speech accusing the government of being under U.S. influence.
Bashir does not command widespread support in Indonesia, but the speech could inflame hardcore Islamists who have already vowed reprisal attacks following the U.S. killing of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
Prosecutors said Bashir raised at least 350 million rupiah ($41,000) from supporters and funnelled some to a militant training camp discovered last year in a remote mountainous part of Aceh, a province on the northern tip of Sumatra island that observes sharia law.
“Prosecutors accused me of being behind Aceh and being its biggest financier — it is an accusation and slander, with the interests of the pharaoh U.S. for me to be diminished from Indonesian society,” Bashir told the South Jakarta court.
“Because my preaching is considered dangerous, and with this lifetime of jail, the dream of the pharaoh U.S. and its allies will come true.”
Copies of the 55-minute speech were being sold at the court for 20,000 rupiah (2.30), with a form attached to join Bashir’s group, Jema’ah Ansharut Tauhid, which has formally renounced violence but whose members have been involved in recent attacks including a suicide bombing at a police mosque on Java island.
Days prior to the trial, his followers invited people with text messages to attend “Bashir’s Islamic lecture” in court. Hundreds of men in skull caps and women in burqas arrived,
filling the public gallery and spilling into the court car park to watch it on television.
With fists in the air, they shouted “Allahu akbar,” or “God is greatest”. […]
Police say militants at the Aceh camp in Sumatra were hatching several plots including an attack on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and hoped to turn Indonesia into an Islamic state.
As well as being the spiritual leader of JAT, Bashir was considered the spiritual leader of the outlawed and now-defunct Jemaah Islamiah, which police have blamed for several bombings including the country’s worst ever militant attack, the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people.
Bashir ended his speech with a prayer to crush those he considered enemies of Indonesian Muslims.
“Lord, you have showered the infidels, the zionists, the Americans, the Europeans and their allies with wealth, technology and strong-arm equipment but it was used instead to
attack your religion and slaughter your fighters.
“Lord, exterminate wealth, technology, and lock dead their heart, because they are faithless and therefore deserve bitter torture from you.”…