Indonesia Becoming the New Afghanistan
Indonesia Faces Downgrades as Islamic Extremism Spreads.
Government Acceptance of Terrorism and Extremism is a Danger to Regional Nations.
Indonesia has an active and violent ISIS community that is continuing to grow it’s influence in the world’s largest Muslim nation.
Indonesia is embracing Islamic extremism and that is a danger to the world, Afghanistan shopuld have taught the world a lesson, once a secular society it drifted to fundamentalism and provided a base for Osama bin Laden’s attacks on the world. Indonesia looks set to follow that path.
Sharia Law is becoming the standard with key secular political figures being jailed for blasphemy and Gay men being publicly caned.
It Gets Worse
Indonesia claims to oppose Islamic extremism but it is hard to take that seriously considering the case of Abu Bakar Bashir.
The 2002 Bali bombings occurred on 12 October 2002 in the tourist district of Kuta on the Indonesian island of Bali. The attack killed 202 people (including 88 Australians, 38 Indonesians, and people from more than 20 other nationalities).
Various members of Jemaah Islamiyah, a violent Islamist group, were convicted in relation to the bombings, including three individuals who were sentenced to death. The attack involved the detonation of three bombs: a backpack-mounted device carried by a suicide bomber; a large car bomb, both of which were detonated in or near popular nightclubs in Kuta; and a third much smaller device detonated outside the United States consulate in Denpasar, causing only minor damage. An audio-cassette purportedly carrying a recorded voice message from Osama bin Laden stated that the Bali bombings were in direct retaliation for support of the United States’ War on Terror and Australia’s role in the liberation of East Timor.
After his group murdered 202 people in Bali US State Department translator Fred Burks revealed during Bashir’s trial in Indonesia that the USA government had asked President Megawati secretly to hand-over Bashir in a meeting at Megawati’s home in September 2002. Present at that meeting was US ambassador to Indonesia Ralph L. Boyce, National Security Council official Karen Brooks, and an unnamed CIA official.
Megawati refused to transfer Bashir saying, “I can’t render somebody like him. People will find out”.
On 15 October 2004, he was arrested by the Indonesian authorities and charged with involvement in the bomb attack on the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta on 5 August 2003, which killed 14 people. Secondary charges in the same indictment charge him of involvement in the 2002 Bali bombing, the first time he has faced charges in relation to that attack which killed 202 people.On March 3, 2005, Bashir was found guilty of conspiracy over the 2002 attacks, but was found not guilty of the charges surrounding the 2003 bombing. He was only sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment. An endorsement of his behavior by the Indonesian Courts.
Indonesia is Becoming another Syria
The suicide bombings at the busy bus station in East Jakarta—an attack that killed three policemen and injured 12 others on Wednesday night—has put authorities on alert to remain vigilant in anticipation of further attacks.
The Islamic State group has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, which targeted police officers who were guarding a traditional parade of residents welcoming the fasting month of Ramadhan.
The attack was the second IS-claimed attack on Indonesian soil. A series of bomb and gun attacks in front of the Sarinah shopping center in Central Jakarta in January 2016 resulted in the deaths of eight people, including four attackers.
Following the attack, several embassies in Jakarta, including that of the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and Malaysia, have issued travel advisories, Indonesian areas like Bali are in danger.