“Human rights activists and ordinary Indonesians are sounding the alarm, warning the country is slowing turning into a Pakistan-style “˜Islamised” state in which extremist movements sow terror to gain power.”
The government’s response has been inconsistent, thereby rewarding the pious thugs. Like Pakistan, they have sought to leverage Islamic supremacist sentiment where they find it useful, particularly against Ahmadis and Christians, and have looked the other way from jihadist activity. And they will also find, like Pakistan, that they have created a monster that has grown beyond their willingness or ability to control. More on this story. “Explosive books to set up an Islamic state in Indonesia,” by Mathias Hariyadi for Asia News, March 21:
Jakarta (AsiaNews) — Radical Muslim groups are thought to be behind mail bombs recently delivered to prominent figures and security officials, including Christians, in various places in Indonesia. Human rights activists and ordinary Indonesians are sounding the alarm, warning the country is slowing turning into a Pakistan-style “˜Islamised” state in which extremist movements sow terror to gain power.
Although the authorities have not made any public statement on the matter, many believe that extremist groups are behind a recent spate of attacks involving books containing explosive sent by mail. Inspector Ansyaas Mbai, head of the anti-terror department, blames radical Islamic movements, like Jemaah Islamiyah, the Islamic State of Indonesia and the Mujahedeen Kompak.
The recent bombings were carried out by “old players within the old terror network”, based on their modus operandi and the evidence collected at the sites where attacks occurred, which are “closely related to their (political) ideology,” he said.
The anti-terrorism expert noted that Muslim extremists used similar methods in the past, during sectarian clashes between Christians and Muslims in Poso (central Sulawesi) in 2006.
“The only different thing is the packaging. Now, they use books as bomb cover; in the past torches were commonly used. When the torchlight was set on, the bomb went off,” Mbaai explained.
Targets are another major difference. They include Indonesians seen as close to or puppets in the hands of the Americans and the Israelis.
Targets are labelled “common enemies”, people opposed to the introduction of Sharia, Islamic law, or to the establishment of an Islamic state in Indonesia.
The goal of jihad in all its forms is to impose Islamic law.
The fear is that some Indonesians now favour a Pakistani-styled Islamist shift in which government leaders, officials and security forces become the hostage (if not the target) of terrorist groups.
Last week, terrorists targeted the former chief of police and current anti-drug boss, General Gories Mere, a Catholic. Another would-be victim was former West Java police chief Is Sukandar.
Indonesia’s first radical Muslim group appeared in 1959, a secessionist-oriented group called Darul Islam, whose military wing, the Tentara Islam Indonesia, launched a guerrilla campaign against the government of then President Sukarno. Their goal was the creation of an Islamic state….