November 19, 2005
Indonesia Travel Warning issuedTopics: International News, Islam And The War On Terror, War on Terror
The mindless plots of militant Islamists to murder and maim "anyone but them" continues. Travellers are being warned about a possible increase of violence against westerners in Jakarta, following the discovery of information on a website(now taken down) that explains the best way to shoot foreigners in the streets of the Indonesian capital Jakarta or throw grenades at motorists stuck in traffic. Suggested targets included buildings such as the Australian Embassy, the International Trade Centre, the Ambassador Mall, Menara, Rajawali, Menara Danamon and the JW Marriott Hotel (these are really nice guys! ).
According to Reuters, the web site, called Anshar El Muslimin (young Muslims), seen by Reuters on Friday, was purportedly set up under orders from a leading Asian militant to provide instruction on how to carry out the murders in Jakarta. The site contained diagrams of several locations and why they would be ideal for attacking people and how to escape.
"Recent new information suggests that terrorists may be planning attacks to occur before the end of 2005," DFAT said.. Of significance, is that this warning has come about due to information that has been released on the Internet. What is more significant is the fact that this warning signals a change in tactics by members of Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations that are linked to Al Qaeda, such as JI.
"We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Indonesia, including Bali, at this time due to the very high threat of terrorist attack.
"If you are in Indonesia, including Bali, and are concerned for your safety you should consider departing."
DFAT said it continued to receive reports that terrorists were in advanced stages of planning attacks against western targets in Indonesia, including places frequented by foreigners.
"An extremist website posting discusses possible terrorist tactics including terrorist attacks against foreigners in the Kuningan area of Jakarta, which includes buildings such as the Australian Embassy, the International Trade Centre, the Ambassador Mall, Menara, Rajawali, Menara Danamon and the JW Marriott Hotel," the alert said.
The website, called Anshar El Muslimin, tells militants where to find foreigners in the teeming capital Jakarta and carries maps of major shopping malls and roads, pointing to the best place to assassinate foreigners.
Set up by one of the suspected militants under arrest in Bali for involvement in last month's triple suicide bombings in which 20 people died, the site tells extremists to take advantage of heavy traffic jams and to launch pistol and grenade attacks on westerners stuck in gridlock.
The website also recommended gun attacks on westerners at lunchtime using cafes and overhead pedestrian walkways, and carried computer graphic pictures of possible attack points and how to escape by motorbike.
It would be hard to underestimate the drawing power of the recruiters of wannabe terrorists to "young Muslims." They play upon the immaturity of the young, and like Adolf Hitler and his cronies, draw in young Muslim wannabe terrorists like a magnet, all in the name of Islam. Little wonder then, Islamofascism continues to increase.
Unfortunately, this is occuring throughout the world, as you're reading this.
Posted by at November 19, 2005 4:36 AM
As of December 2001, some 80,000 Muslim terrorists were operating under the command of the former President of Indonesia Wahid. Some 30,000 were of the front line caliber and on the island of Java (Djakarta's island). The other 50,000 or so were in training on Sumatra. At the time, no link had been established between these 80,000 terrorists and Al-Queda.
It is not uncommon for a bomb to go off near the Australian Embassy in Djakarta. The Australian Ambassador to Indonesia has been assaulted on the street by roving gangs in full view of the Indonesian police. The Indonesian police made no action to stop the assault.
Other than murders of American journalists in the province of Papua, Americans have fared considerably better than Australians. Australians in Indonesia are targets of opportunity. The unfortunate scenario prohibits the terrorists from requesting one's passport prior to engaging the automatic mechanism of their M-16s. Unlike other parts of the world, terrorists are equipped with our American made M-16s instead of AK-47s in Indonesia.
From my perspective, the terrorists now emerging in the streets of Djakarta may be more linked to disfavor with President Yudhoyono and his policies. Anti-American sentiment may just be a byproduct.
... from a former Consul General
Posted by: harry at November 19, 2005 2:20 PM
I was not aware that Wahid was a terrorist because his group had acted in the best interest of Christians, and this includes the young man who died whilst getting rid of a bomb inside a Christian Church.
You are correct to point out that the Australians have not been faring well in Indonesia and that our Embassy is a constant target for the terrorists.
Personally, I have doubts about the new President, especially with his military background, and his role in East Timor.
As far as I understand the situation, the Australian role in East Timor is one of the reasons that Australia has become a target for the terrorists. The military were not happy when the East Timorese voted overwhelmingly to free themselves from the tyranny of Indonesian rule.
As one who has links to the defence force and has a vested interest in ensuring that Australia remains a free country, I always doubted the policies in the period from Whitlam through to Keating. I doubted the intelligence that claimed that there was no threat to Australia (the White paper) since White had ignored the East Timorese situation. Everything seemed to be alright so long as we sucked up to the Indonesians. This is precisely what Paul Keating did when he made his deals with the Indonesian government.
Also, more Australians have been killed in Indonesia as a result of these terrorist attacks than Americans and other foreign nationals, but the largest target remains those Indonesians who have refused to be subjugated by Islam (the Balinese are Buddhist and that is why the terrorists see them as a soft target for their hatred)
Posted by: Maggie4Life at November 19, 2005 7:25 PM
Yudhoyono was Security Minister under Wahid and Megawati. Yudhoyono ordered the actions in East Timor.
When parliament made the move to oust Wahid, he threatened to unleash his horde of terrorists upon Djakarta. Only USA intervention by allowing Wahid to come to the USA for medical reasons enable a peaceful change of government unto Megawati, Rais and Yudhoyono.
Posted by: harry at November 19, 2005 8:22 PM
can you give me specific references to those threats by Wahid. I had been watching a lot of the reports on Indonesia because I never trusted them as far as Australian security is concerned. I understood that Wahid went down the gurgler because of corruption.
Yes you are correct that the current president had a significant role in the murders and riots that occurred in East Timor.
I first became interested in East Timor when 5 Australian journalists were murdered by the invading Indonesian forces. A lot of the information was covered up. On top of that the Australian government of the time (both Whitlam and Fraser) allowed the occupation of the Indonesian forces to continue in East Timor without much in the way of protest. This situation continued under the Hawke-Keating government. In fact Paul Keating went a lot further than the other former leaders with regard to building his own interests and relationships in Indonesia.
In Australia we were starved for news over what was happening, but we heard about the Fretelin fighting the Indonesians, as well as the riots that led to an Indonesian massacre of East Timorese in a cemetary (my memory is quite hazy these days). I always understood that the Fretelin were similar to the communists until I learned that they were truly only after the return of East Timor to the Timorese community.
I know very little about Wahid, except that he was president for a while and then he was ousted due to a scandal. As far as I was aware his people were not terrorists, and they have not been active in attacking other Indonesian communities (not involved in Bali, and not responsible for the killing of Christians.)
You have provided me with a lot more in the way of useful information concerning Indonesia. I do know other things about the the corruption - that one is expected to pay a "special fee (read bribe)" in order to do business in Indonesia.
Also, over time I have had a few Indonesian Christian friends and I learned of their desparation over what was happening to them at the hands of the Islamofacists. In this regard it was Wahid who was their friend, and he used the Muslim youth to defend the Christians against the Islamofacists.
I posted the travel warning because there is a need for all foreigners to be aware of the present level of antagonism towards foreigners in Indonesia.
Posted by: Maggie4Life at November 19, 2005 11:46 PM
This should get you started:
Indonesia: The March Toward Chaos Continues
This week, Muslim supporters of Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid plan to march on Jakarta to confront student groups and politicians who are demanding that the embattled leaders resignation. The Wahid-backers, called Nahdatul Ulama, counts some 40 million supporters. It has been reported that 30,000 members of the group have signed on to a jihad in support of the president, and are planning to use violence and supernatural powers to prevent his removal. Wahid has been charged with corruption in his alleged role in two multi-million dollar scandals. The president warned parliament to cease impeachment proceedings against him, lest he reach out to Nahdatul Ulama to keep him in office by force.
Posted by: harry at November 20, 2005 3:28 PM
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