Saturday, March 07, 2009

Internet seen a growing weapon in Asian radicalization (Reuters)

Internet seen a growing weapon in Asian radicalization (Reuters) Posted on Fri Mar 6, 2009 8:32AM EST | "The number of radical and extremist websites in Bahasa and Malay rose from 15 in 2007 to 117 in 2008. Of those, sympathetic websites rose from 10 to 16 and sympathetic blogs and social networking rose from zero to 82.

Between 2006 and July 2007, radical regional websites have disseminated al-Qaeda and Southeast Asian militant group Jemaah Islamiah propaganda videos, pictures and statements, it said.

If only the "good guys" were as 'Net savvy. Instead of doing everything to effectively counteract the hatred and propaganda these sites spew the forces for peace and human advancement seem to prefer working with the governments, organizations and corporations only interested in attaining and keeping all the money and power they can get. How do you combat hatred and terror on the 'Net? By filling it with the antithesis of everything they are promoting.
  • Understanding instead of hatred.
  • Rational thought instead of mindless rhetoric.
  • Help and caring for others instead of pain and death.
We know places like China and North Korea are trying to lock down access to the world but when the Western nations inhibit communication and the exchange of ideas it is just as bad. It's the free flow of information that will bring down the terrorists and hate mongers.
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