Book & Mail Bombs: Bombs Galore

Mar 20th, 2011, in Featured, News, by

Lots of bombs going off, and bomb scares; a renewed effort by terrorist gangs or part of the vast conspiracy to divert our attention from real issues.

There have been five or six small bombs, mostly hollowed out "book bombs", going off since 15th March in Jakarta and surrounds.

Ulil Abshar Abdalla
Ulil Abshar Abdalla

The first target was Ulil Abshar Abdalla of Komunitas Utan Kayu, from the Jaringan Islam Liberal (JIL, Liberal Islam Network), also a figure in the president's Partai Demokrat.

Ahmad Dhani, flamboyant singer, man's man, and (once) darling of proseltysing American liberals for his anti-hate stance, was another target.

Other targets have been counter-terrorist policeman Goris Mere, and Yapto Suryosumarno, who is the leader of the secular nationalist oriented thug youth organisation Pemuda Pancasila.

A fifth, small bomb, was found in a residential complex in Cibubur, Bogor, and was set off by police after having been moved to a field.

Since the first five bombs there have been a number of false alarms and fake bombs in places as unlikely as a pizza parlour in Surabaya, with police urging people - Don't Panic. Today there was a bomb scare in Cilandak, Jakarta, but it seems a hoax.

Borrowing from Treespotter, the mainstream theory is that the targets are all liberal Muslims, or enemies of true Islam, and opponents of militant and violent actions otherwise called by some 'terrorism'.

The inevitable non mainstream theory is that it is all a conspiracy to deflect attention from the SBY Shock Horror Wikileaks Scandal, and other national and political problems.

On the first theory, the head of National Antiterror Agency (BNPT) Ansyaad Mbai says its probably "old players" connected to Bali bomber Imam Samudra, who went to the firing squad in 2008, who have managed to recruit fresh blood.

A.C. Manullang
A.C. Manullang

Speaking for the second theory and in direct opposition to Mbai is former state intelligence (Badan Intelijen Negara (BIN)) chief A.C. Manullang, who says that the bombs are part of a sinister "grand strategy" to paint Islam as violent. The terrorists are working hand in hand with intelligence agencies, to carry out a program of "deception intelligence", he says, and the only matter of interest is who is behind it all and who is the sponsor.

This incidentally is what Manullang always says regarding terrorism issues; at other times he has said the United States uses the terrorism/Al Qaeda issue as an excuse to invade countries and further its grand design - "globalisation".


29 Comments on “Book & Mail Bombs: Bombs Galore”

  1. avatar Hans says:

    that so few can ruin things for so many, recurring thing in Indonesia, at all levels and locations, quick and easy! Everyone can understand? covet head to toe

  2. avatar Tikno says:

    So, according to you David (from your personal reflection), which theory is more close to the truth?

  3. avatar ET says:

    and the only matter of interest is who is behind it all and who is the sponsor.

    The Jews?

  4. avatar deta says:

    One thing for sure: After keeping the police officers busy for a while blowing up some worn out magic jars, buckets or dolls, soon this bomb thing will be gone with the wind and people back to business as usual. Oh, my country.

  5. avatar David says:

    Hi Tikno, I think the former theory is more likely closer to the truth, although the targets for this are a little odd, kind of obscure people (well Dhani is not obscure but he’s not important).

  6. avatar Ross says:

    Seems too crude to be a clever ploy by the in-crowd, David.
    Islamonazis extending their range of targets, that’d be my bet…best to shoot as many as can be laid hands on, before they do more damage.

  7. avatar Oigal says:

    Oh its fair bet the bombs are bought and paid for. Exact targets aren’t necessary to achieve the aim. The selective targeting of the our resident thugs is pretty much proof enough, not so much who they target as who and what they are not allowed to target.
    Crude is all that is needed at the moment.

    No one really thinks all those tea and biscuits are spent talking about the weather do they?

    Much more interesting is who is going to stand up as the strongman savior of us all.

  8. avatar ET says:

    I think the former theory is more likely closer to the truth, although the targets for this are a little odd, kind of obscure people (well Dhani is not obscure but he’s not important).

    I think so too. The terror will shift from high profile external targets to targets closer to home, hoping this way by inducing fear into their own ‘vicinity’ to force the ummah to close ranks against the enemy of Islam, i.e. the rest of the world.

  9. avatar Hans says:

    hard to say one or the other, those who find a connection with Palestine and the dead Arafath Nobel Peace Prize winner, is probably near the truth. it was he who start it in present time.
    Pope and power, 1200 years ago, is not to forget in the matter. perhaps it is so simple that we have the tradition that we must kill each other.
    before and after Saladin, the Pope won all major battles.

  10. avatar nobody says:

    1. List of (Jewish) Irgun terrorist attacks: (for starter, in 1937(!) they were already killing civilian Arabs in the beaches and markets).
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Irgun_attacks

    2. I wont bother listing other obvious example like IRA, Tamil Tigers, and a bunch of Leftist Militants in europe and Latin America.

  11. avatar Oigal says:

    Again Nobody a tribal scuffle thousands of years old, thousands of km away. Absolutely nothing to do with what is happening here accept to those sad creatures who have something to gain from importing ancient tribal hatreds into this country.

  12. avatar realest says:

    What happen to anthrax in an envelope?

  13. avatar David says:

    Nobody, in case you hadn’t noticed the site is called “Indonesia Matters” – for the hard of understanding this means I post about things in Indonesia generally – no idea why you’re talking about Jews and Tamils. Are there many of them in Indonesia? IRA men? Red Brigade? I guess not…

  14. avatar nobody says:

    I was responding to the statement in that comment directly above me:
    He said:
    “hard to say one or the other, those who find a connection with Palestine and the dead Arafath Nobel Peace Prize winner, is probably near the truth. it was he who start it in present time.”

    Which I think misrepresents the reality (about history of precedents of recent events).

  15. avatar ET says:

    David

    You must have noticed nobody and his ilk will use any platform to push their agenda, even if they have to drag the most far-fetched issues into a discussion?

  16. avatar Lairedion says:

    Agree but we (me included) must also learn not to respond.

    Let’s ignore them (I know it’s hard)… πŸ™‚

  17. avatar Tikno says:

    Hi David, thanks for your responses.

    I’m still curious (and still waiting for) the comments with quality analysis towards (or against) the theory that you have wrote in this post. Of course in the platform of “Indonesia Matters” with “cool” thinking. πŸ˜‰

  18. avatar David says:

    Hopefully someone will come along, someone cool. Don’t hold your breath though.

  19. avatar diego says:

    nobody,

    You should be grateful you’ve given a chance to live and breath the fresh air of (used to be) tolerant indonesia.

    Your grandparents generations before you might have brought you here to indonesia from arab because the life in that part of the world (middle suck) sucked, suck, and will suck.

    Don’t ruin your own happiness here (in indonesia). Cherish it. Live like a normal, decent indonesians. Don’t import your tribal hatred into this country.

  20. avatar diego says:

    Sorry, correction:

    middle suck -> typo -> should be: middle east.

  21. avatar Arie Brand says:

    Nobody is right. He did react to an earlier post on this thread – a post by Hans. So if anyone should be ticked off about introducing this topic on this thread it should be him.

    Incidentally, Hans did the same thing on the ‘Gaddafi, Middle East Turmoil and Indonesia thread”. I reacted there to his post.

    I want to add that Nobody is also right in his assertion that it was not Arafat who introduced bombing as a terrorist-political strategy. Hans has come up with quite a few curious statements on this blog ( the prize one was his assertion that he could only move through Manila in the company of armed guards) and when he is challenged on them he remains silent in “all the languages he knows” (among which unfortunately is not English) and just waits for his chance to come up with another non sequitur.

  22. avatar Oigal says:

    On moving away from the theory side, can anyone believe what that Copper to lost his arm? He was relatively senior and that was simply incomprehensible, little wonder we expect so little from the police. I watched the news clip simply gob smacked at the stupidity of his actions. I do not wish to make light of his injuries but do these guys not undergo even the most basic training?

  23. avatar ET says:

    Arie Brand

    Nobody is right. He did react to an earlier post on this thread – a post by Hans. So if anyone should be ticked off about introducing this topic on this thread it should be him.

    Sometimes comments don’t appear chronologically depending on the time zone.

  24. avatar Arie Brand says:

    Yes I am aware of that but in this case it is quite clear that he was reacting to Hans’s statement which was received earlier. He stated himself that he was reacting to that.

  25. avatar ET says:

    On my screen Hans’s comment wasn’t there yet when Nobody’s post appeared. So it came as a surprise and completely out of context.

  26. avatar Hans says:

    yes Arie it was worth the thought! the grass is greener at the neighbor
    http://empaaa.blogg.se/images/2010/snapshot_20100522_4_90787318.jpg

  27. avatar Lairedion says:

    Ah, finally a picture of a possible suspect. Nothing wrong with that at first sight.

    The fundies are now even employing Swedish broads. Astaghfirullah.

  28. avatar erken rezervasyon says:

    that so few can ruin things for so many, recurring thing in Indonesia, at all levels and locations, quick and easy! Everyone can understand? covet head to toe

  29. avatar Odinius says:

    The MO reminds me more of fringe, anti-government/white-christian separatist types in the US than the usual radical Islamist terrorists, but I guess we’re in the era of sharing and adaptation…

    Maybe they met at an international “we hate the jews and anyone with normal views” convention?

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