He says the US war on terror is aimed at militants, not the Islamic religion US President George W. Bush will carry out a lightning visit to Bali today in a trip aimed at convincing a sceptical Indonesian public that the US war on terror is not a war on Islam. He is trying to convince Indonesia that it has to be more vocal in countering the views of Muslim militants. Mr Bush's last stop in a tour of Southeast Asian nations, which according to US media reports is considered a security nightmare, will only be for four hours. But the American president has ambitious aims for such a short visit. He will lunch briefly with President Megawati Sukarnoputri at an undisclosed location and then meet three influential but moderate Muslim leaders. Mr Bush told Kompas, Indonesia's largest circulation daily, in an interview last week that he wants to enlist Ms Megawati's support in countering the impression that radicals had hijacked the Islamic religion. 'It's very important not to let a splinter group of murderers determine Indonesia's [direction] ... I want to continue my discussions with Mrs Megawati about this issue, that we do not want Indonesia determined by a small group of hate-filled people,' he said in the interview. Analysts say this could be a tough demand for the famously silent Ms Megawati, particularly as her secular nationalist party is facing competition from Muslim parties ahead of national elections next year. 'Mega lacks credentials within Indonesian politics as a Muslim leader, so I don't expect she'll say something significant in relation to Jemaah Islamiah [JI] and terrorists,' said Landry Subianto, an international relations analyst from the London-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies. The US government is frustrated, say analysts, that while Indonesia has captured and put on trial many of the terrorists from JI, which is accused of carrying out the Bali bombings a year ago that killed 202 people, neither Ms Megawati nor her ministers have publicly named JI as a terrorist group. Nor under Indonesia's anti-terrorist law are members of JI automatically arrested. They can be arrested only if there is proof of their involvement in terrorist attacks. But Mr Bush's visit is highly symbolic and is intended to give a boost to Ms Megawati in return for her efforts in cracking down on the Bali bombers. The two leaders are likely to discuss anti-terrorism support for Indonesia's security forces, particularly the police, say analysts. Mr Bush is also expected to announce a US$150 million education aid programme, aimed at improving Indonesia's poorly funded schooling system. Many poor people who cannot afford state schools send their children to Islamic boarding schools, some of which have been blamed for promoting hardline Islamic teachings. Mr Bush also made it clear in several interviews over the past week that he wants to explain US foreign policy to both the Indonesian public and Muslim leaders, and convey the message that it is aimed at promoting democracy. Observers doubt such a short trip will sway either Muslim leaders or public opinion.