We have seen in many cases that Muslim casualties are a major liability for jihadist groups. Politically, it is a safer bet to stick to infidels, whose lives are worth less under Islamic laws concerning blood money (diyya) and retaliation (qisas), not to mention the fact that they become targets as soon as they are deemed to have violated the dhimma protection racket.
“In Jakarta Christian priests and activists first target of Islamic terrorists,” by Mathias Hariyadi for AsiaNews, October 29:
Jakarta (AsiaNews) — Islamic terrorists are moving to a new strategy, opting for attacks against Christian clergymen and activists, targeting vital installations across the country instead of US interests, this according Police spokesman Inspector General Abubakar Nataprawira. Equally the threat of attacks linked to the November execution of three men sentenced for the October 2002 Bali bombings remains high.
Inspector General Nataprawira spoke at a press conference, unveiling the results from investigations sparked by the arrest on 21 October in Kelapa Ganding (North Jakarta) of members of a new terror group called Tauhid Wal Jihad.
“They were planning attacks against Christian priests and peace activities involved in peace actions and interfaith activities against terrorism,” the inspector said.
North Jakarta’s main fuel depot in Plumpang owned by Pertamina was also the group’s target list. Also the group was planning to bring weapons into the country and launch a six-month mass drive to recruit new members.
Wahyu, who has been involved in various terrorist attacks in Poso and Ambon (during the 2005-2006 sectarian clashes) and against the police, is among those arrested. He had been on the run since 2005.
Meanwhile some people are wondering whether the brutal assault against Fr Benny Susetyo was part of this strategy.
The clergyman, who is the secretary of Interfaith Dialogue Commission of the Indonesian Bishops of Conference, was savagely beaten by unknown assailants on 11 August in South Jakarta.
In some cases, it will be difficult to distinguish where a new trend may have begun from the persecution of Indonesian Christians that has been going on for years.