From B. Raman, additional secretary (retired), cabinet government of India, New Delhi, and currently director of the Institute for Topical Studies, Chennai, and distinguished fellow and convener, Observer Research Foundation (ORF), Chennai chapter, in AsiaTimes, with thanks to mjinks:
The large-scale deployment of highly visible US troops in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Thailand could make them attractive targets for al-Qaeda, the Jemmah Islamiyah and other jihadi terrorist organizations and add to the internal security problems of the affected countries.
It would be wishful thinking to believe that because of the enormous tragedy, the jihadi terrorists will refrain from acts of terrorism in the tsunami-ravaged countries due to a fear that this could antagonize the local population. The tragedy in Thailand has not prevented jihadi terrorists from continuing their acts of terrorism in the Muslim-majority provinces of southern Thailand. They have never cared for public opinion and fears of public revulsion have never been an inhibiting factor for them.