President Says War on Terror Needs Religious Tolerance

February 28, 2006

Source: Daily Times

Wire Service: Reuters

On February 28, 2006 Reuters reported, "Winning hearts and minds in the war against terrorism needs a balanced dose of freedom and religious tolerance, the president of Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, said on Monday. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s comments came amid continuing protests in the Muslim world against the publication of cartoons lampooning the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), which have sparked fears the issue is playing into the hands of Islamic militants. Yudhoyono said terror groups generally are bent on using politically sensitive issues to their advantage. 'They want to radicalise our society, undermine our values, destablise our community ... this is the best situation for them. We must not lose this battle,' he told a seminar on terrorism. 'This is a battle that requires us not just to advance freedom but also to spread tolerance. Sometimes there is too much emphasis on freedom but not enough on tolerance,' Yudhoyono said, adding nations and media should reject 'the offensive cartoons.'"