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NGOs with direct ties to terrorist organisations in the Middle East had been using “massive donations” to encourage radicalisation in Cham Muslim communities, though with limited success, a United States embassy cable from last year alleges.
A cable released by WikiLeaks this week raised concerns that “very real” efforts had been made to perpetuate a terrorist safe haven in Cambodia following a 2002 to 2003 visit by “Bali bombing mastermind” Hambali to a Cham Muslim school in the Kingdom. It named the World Assembly for Muslim Youth and the Revival for Islamic Heritage as suspected terrorist organisations active in Cambodia.
“This at-risk segment of the population is accepting help with essential services, educational aid and mosque construction from NGOs who have direct ties to tier 1 and tier 2 Terrorist Support Entities from the Middle East,” the cable, dated May 5, 2010, stated.
But just as endemic corruption was a factor that made the Kingdom conducive to extremist Islamic infiltration, it had also hampered the efforts NGOs with suspected extremist support to foster radicalisation, the cable stated.
“Tales of infighting, corruption and ineptness have reportedly led to little progress in the way of radicalisation,” the cable reads. “However, Cambodia’s known deep vulnerabilities, culture of corruption and limited ability to govern and maintain law and order make it susceptible to external influences that are using NGOs and massive donations as the vessel to disseminate their message to the Cham.”
Citing a series of surveys, the cable suggested that vulnerably to extremist Islamic radicalisation was low within Cham communities which saw religion “as a source of discipline, not radicalisation”. Cham represenatitves could not be reached.
Legal Criteria for Designation as a “Tier I” terrorist organization:
1. Must be a foreign organization.
2. Must engage in terrorist activity, as defined in section 212 (a)(3)(B) of the INA (8
U.S.C. § 1182(a)(3)(B)), or terrorism, as defined in section 140(d)(2) of the Foreign Relations
Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989 (22 U.S.C. § 2656f(d)(2)), or retain the capability
and intent to engage in terrorist activity or terrorism.
3. The organization’s terrorist activity or terrorism must threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the
national security (national defense, foreign relations, or the economic interests) of the United
The organisations concerned are both defined as having links to ‘Tier 1′ terror groups by the US State Department (see above for US legal definition). Both are suspected of ties to (and sympathy for al-Qaeda. In the case of RIHS, at least four current Guantanamo Bay detainees are suspected of having ties to the organisation.
No matter how small the Muslim population, political money from the Middle East pours in to aid radicalisation and the promotion of Islamic supremacism in just about every country where Muslims are in a minority. Mosques, schools (the bedrock of fundamentalist inculcation) are hard for small communities to fund – so the donations from affluent Saudi and Kuwaiti groups such as WAMY and RIHS (both of whom also have UK links) is inevitably welcomed.
But it isn’t philanthropy as you or we would know it – it comes with strings attached.
Cambodia is majority Buddhist. Islam reserves its fiercest antipathy for what it calls mushrikeen, or people following non-monotheistic religons. It is already waging a very bloody Jihad in neighbouring Thailand, which has a similar Muslim minority.
It is clear that the de-facto Caliphs of Arabia would like to do the same in Cambodia. The Muslim population here may be relatively passive for now, but you only have to look west across the Gulf of Thailand to see what can be accomplished by the Islamic supremacist bankrollers of the Gulf [WARNING: extremely disturbing images]; who in turn are funded by our continued dependency on oil.
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