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Qatar peace deal and the lessons for Asia; One takeaway - the use of brute force can backfire in the face of smarts

Jan 14, 2021 - The Straits Times (Singapore)

Last week's release of Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir from an Indonesian prison while the Arab world celebrated the peace deal that lifted the Saudi Arabia-led blockade on Qatar serves to remind us of the linkages that connect us to the western part of Asia, otherwise known as the Middle East.

Bashir, 82, is of Yemeni descent, and he functioned as spiritual leader of the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) network that orchestrated the Bali bombings of 2002 that killed more than 200 people, including 88...