Once free, Indonesian cleric could ‘revitalize’ radicals

A forthcoming prison diary by Islamist preacher Abu Bakar Bashir, who is due to be released Wednesday, shows his 25-month sentence has not tamed his jihadist fire. In the diary, he calls US President George Bush “evil” and claims the “infidel” Australian Prime Minster John Howard bullied a weak Indonesia to imprison him on trumped-up charges pertaining to the Bali bombings in 2002. Upon release, Mr. Bashir is expected to return home to his Islamist boarding school, Ngruki, which schooled dozens of Indonesia’s most prominent terrorists. OODA Analyst

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