Not ideology, just plain banditry

Via ABS-CBN, the news that the Abu Sayyaf Group has circulated a video on the Internet for the first time.

SITE (the Search for International Terrorist Entities institute) reports that the video was uploaded on August 15. Nothing in its introduction to the video clips, however, points out that both Janjalanis featured in the fund-raising pitch are already dead (and the third Janjalani brother, Hector, is in jail).

SITE also misreads the Abu Sayyaf as an “Islamic movement.” It may have had such pretensions at the very start, but very quickly it turned into a bandit group. It still is.

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