Indonesian Islamists recruiting volunteers for Rohingya jihad

Indonesian Islamists recruiting volunteers for Rohingya jihad, by Amanda Hodge.

Indonesia’s extremist Islamic ­Defenders Front (FPI) has called for volunteers to wage jihad in Buddhist-majority Myanmar in defence of its Muslim Rohingya population, raising fears the latest outbreak of violence has become a lightning rod for foreign Islamic militants. …

Anger in Indonesia at the ­persecution of Rohingya has sparked several days of protests outside the now-heavily guarded Myanmar embassy in Jakarta. Early on Sunday a petrol bomb was thrown at the embassy.

FPI spokesman Slamet Maarif said yesterday the group had not yet decided whether it would send volunteers to Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State, where military operations have forced almost 90,000 Rohingya to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh, or simply raise funds for the cause but that all recruits must be “willing to die for their religion”.

Which has a lot to do with why the native Burmese want to throw the Muslims out in the first place. Islam is in the ascendancy in so many places now.

This is reminiscent of Hitler before WWII broke out, demanding to “look after” the ethnic Germans in neighboring countries like Czechoslovakia. Or, in the last two decades, the “right to protect ” doctrine involved by the West to interfere in other countries militarily.

The Treaty of Westphalia of 1648 came after the Thirty Years War, which killed up to half the population in many areas of Europe. The painful lesson of that period is that states should not interfere in the internal affairs of other states — tempting though it might sometimes be, the consequences are ultimately too awful. That treaty laid the foundation for diplomacy and international relations since then. However it seems its lessons are being forgotten by newly overconfident and arrogant elites.