Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Indonesia: The Next Battlefield

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A few years ago, at Inside Indonesia, Kurt Biddle wrote about Indonesia - US military ties :

"The Pentagon seems to be chomping at the bit for military involvement in Indonesia.

"One of the most vocal advocates for military ties with Indonesia is Deputy Secretary of Defence Paul Wolfowitz, a US ambassador to Indonesia for three years during the Reagan administration.
"He has repeatedly argued that Washington should help Indonesia fight terrorists.

"Wolfowitz told the Far Eastern Economic Review, 'Going after Al Qaeda in Indonesia is not something that should wait until after Al Qaeda has been uprooted from Afghanistan.'

"It remains to be seen if and how the US will be involved in Indonesia, but with 600 US military 'advisers' on the ground in the neighbouring Philippines, some see Indonesia as the next battlefield."


In the USA and Europe, false flag terrorism is allegedly used to increase the power of the military.

In Indonesia, certain generals reportedly want to increase the already considerable powers of the military.

In Indonesia, a new Secrecy Bill could mean that journalists reporting on sensitive issues could face imprisonment or the death penalty.

(Secrecy bill threatens press freedom The Jakarta Post )

A struggle has been going on, since at least 1998, to increase the powers of the military.

In Indonesia, two members of Kopassus (Indonesia's special forces) were convicted and jailed for the stock exchange bombing, which took place in 2000.

In 2002, The Age, a major Australian newspaper, commented about the stock exchange bombing:

"Indonesian military elements were prepared to cause massive casualties and huge economic disruption in their own capital for the purposes of elite-level politics."

(Should the military be on the list of suspects? -

Indonesian dance

On 7 November 2002, Tom Fawthrop, at Asia Times, reported on the Indonesian military's links to terror:

"The highly politicized Indonesian military, trained in waging terror during more than 30 years of General Suharto's dictatorship, are among the suspects in last month's Bali bombing, according to a respected Indonesian commentator."

Wimar Witoelar, former spokesman for ex-president Abdurrahman Wahid, said "the plot is probably hatched by hardline military rogues. This is certainly an excuse for a military takeover unless it is preempted."

The militant Moslem organisations Jemaah Islamiyah and Laskar Jihad both have links with Indonesian generals.

According to Australian academic Dr Greg Barton, certain Indonesian generals use the various Islamist militias for their own purposes.

Barton says (Asia Times): "In early 2000, when President Wahid sacked General Wiranto over the East Timor post-ballot massacres and began to push hard for profound reforms within the military, non-Islamist, nationalist generals joined forces with generals known to be religious hardliners to use radical Islamist militia to destabilize the Wahid administration."

Members of the Cokar, an Ambon militia, admitted they had been trained and funded by Kopassus (Asia Times).

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Many of Suharto's top generals remain in leadership positions.

President Yudhoyono and his two main political rivals, Prabowo and Wiranto, are all former Suharto generals.

Who carried out the Bali Bombing, which incidentally helped General Yudhoyono to come to power?

The airline manifest of Garuda has confirmed that at least two military generals from Jakarta happened to visit Bali just three days before the bombings and that they returned to Jakarta just one day before the Sari Club was blown up. (Asia Times)

The two generals were General Djaja Suparman and General Ryamizard Riyacudu.

Jakarta human-rights activist Bonar Naipospos told Asia Times Online: "General Suparman is one of the generals who was behind the extremist Jihad groups. He set up militias composed of gangsters and religious fanatics to counter student demonstrations in 1998. One of these militias, Pram Swarkasa, became the embryo of Laskar Jihad."

Bonar Naipospos commented to Asia Times Online: "I believe the military is involved in the bombing, but I fear the Bali police chief is in a difficult position and they will not follow leads to high-ranking people."


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