Will Clinton denounce Islamic imperialism in New Guinea?

January 12, 2010

Sec. of State Hillary Clinton is on her way to Hawaii, Australia, and Papua New Guinea to “to strengthen U.S. relations with key partner nations in the western Pacific,” according to the New York Times.  Terrorism is said to figure prominently in her conversations with leaders from those countries.

Papua New Guinea, which shares half of the island of New Guinea with Indonesia, has resisted foreign attempts at colonization and conversion by Islam.  However, as noted at DanielPipes.org, attempts to Islamize all the Christian and animist islands of Melanesia have become more aggressive.

Specifically, Indonesian jihadist groups like Jemaah Islamiyah and Mujahideen Kompak have tried to use their foothold in the western part of New Guinea (Western Papua) to expand Islam’s reach.

Mujahideen Kompak is a radical Islamist group that funnels zakat intended for disaster relief into the coffers of Southeast Asian jihadists.  Despite ample evidence of their role as a jihadist financier, the Start Center, a Department of Homeland Security center based at the University of Maryland, tries to convince us that the funding for an aligned group with the same name is legitimate:

Although they often operate in the same locations and at the same time, it is important to distinguish Mujahideen KOMPAK from KOMPAK, an Islamic humanitarian relief organization formed under the authority of the Dewaan Dakwah Islam Indonesia (DDII), translated as the Islam Propagation Council of Indonesia. The latter is funded legitimately by institutional and individual contributions. Some allege that the well-intentioned donations that go to KOMPAK eventually find their way to Mujahideen KOMPAK, but no substantial proof has yet been offered to substantiate these claims.

I disagree with the Start Center’s analysis of “Kompak.”  Jihad watchers understand what “Islam propagation” entails.  But leaving that aside, notice that Pacific Rim bankers have allied together to stop any transfers of money toward Mujahideen Kompak:

ACADEMICS, banks and governments have joined hands to cut off funding for militant groups in Southeast Asia, which could reach US$3 million (S$4.25 million) a month.

The Consortium for Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CCFT), a partnership by the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS), the Ministry of Home Affairs and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) and based at the Nanyang Technological University, was launched at a seminar on Tuesday.

Terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna, who was at the seminar organised by the Commercial Affairs Department, ABS and RSIS, said militant groups, such as the Abu Sayyaf, Jemmah Islamiyah (JI), Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Mujahideen Kompak, move between US$2 million and US$3 million in the region every month.

The funds come from a variety of sources, including individual donors, proceeds from crime, and in the case of the JI here, businesses operated by the terrorists.

Others like Indonesia’s Mujahideen Kompak get funding from charities which had been infiltrated by the terrorists themselves, he added.

The secretary of state no doubt has a very full agenda during her trip.  But if, as the New York Times reports, terror is to be a “focus” of her meetings, one would expect her to at least address the attempted encroachment into Papua New Guinea by Islamist elements like Jemaah Islamiyah and jihad bankroller Mujahideen Kompak.  We shall see.


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  2. Update on this–while still in Hawaii, Hillary canceled the rest of her trip. She said it was so she could help out with Haiti… from Washington, D.C….

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