This is further evidence that Indonesia has no interest in effectively prosecuting Islamic extremists, a group to which no reasonable person can argue Bashir doesn't belong, based on the following quotes:
Of western countries:So what's old Abu Bakar going to do now? According to Fauzan al Ansori, spokesman for the Indonesian Mujahedin Council:
If they want to have peace, they have to accept to be governed by Islam.
On fighting western countries:
We'll keep fighting them and they'll lose. The batil [falsehood] will lose sooner or later. I sent a letter to Bush. I said that you'll lose and there is no point for you [to fight us]. This [concept] is found in the Koran.
This fight is compulsory. Muslims who don't hate America sin. There is no iman [belief] if one doesn't hate America.
As long as there is no intention to fight us and Islam continues to grow there can be peace. This is the doctrine of Islam. Islam can't be ruled by others. Allah's law must stand above human law. There is no [example] of Islam and infidels, the right and the wrong, living together in peace.
"He will rest a few days, doing nothing. After that, he may return to teaching at Al-Mukmin," he said, refering to Bashir's Muslim boarding school in Ngruki, just outside Solo.The Ngruki school is dubbed "the ivy league of militant academies", according to this article.
You can't make this shit up.