In counter-terrorism terms, Indonesian jails are a mess

(…) None of the terrorists interviewed nominates poverty or alienation or, even in the general Western sense, injustice as the springboard to violent jihad. Instead, all the terrorists, even those who have recanted violent jihad, see their choices in predominantly religious terms. When they do cite injustice, it is only in the sense that they see Muslims as persecuted. Some of the terrorists went to religious schools, some to more secular schools. Some had university educations, others didn’t have much formal education.

But every one of them saw violent jihad as a religious duty for Muslims. This ought to have some salutary effect on the Australian debate. (…)

A sobering analysis from foreign editor Greg Sheridan, based on new research produced by Carl Ungerer at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. The report is titled “Jihadists in Jail, Radicalisation and the Indonesian Prison Experience”. You can download the report here [PDF].

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