Friday, September 9, 2011

Former Bali Bomber--Now a Comic Book Hero--Wants Kids to Learn From His Mistakes

From AP:
The real life adventures of former al-Qaida-linked terrorist Nasir Abas have become a new comic book in Indonesia, chronicling his transformation from militant to invaluable ally in the fight against terrorism.      
The story of the soft-spoken, seemingly mild-mannered 42-year-old — recognized by strangers on the streets and even asked for the occasional autograph — is well-known in the world's most populous Muslim country.

He went from helping train Muslim militants who carried out some of Southeast Asia's deadliest attacks, including the 2002 Bali bombings, to informing police about the inner-workings of the Jemaah Islamiyah terror network.

He's also joined a government program to convince convicted terrorists that killing unarmed civilians in the name of their faith is wrong.

"I want children to learn from my experience," Abas said of the colorful 137-page comic, called "I Found the Meaning of Jihad," which appears in bookstores Friday and will be handed out at some schools and libraries...
Personally, I'm rather partial to another meaning of Jihad from another colorful comic:


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