From: "Pedro Martori"
Subject: IN THE NYTIMES TODAY : Bombing at Resort in Indonesia Kills 182 and
Date: Sun, 13 Oct 2002 11:46:21 -0400
NNTP-Posting-Date: Sun, 13 Oct 2002 11:45:45 EDT
Organization: Bell Sympatico
BUT THIS THE LEFTISTS AND THE SUPPORTERS OF THE TERRORISTS DO
DO NOT DENOUNCE AND DO NOT ACCUSE OF BARBARISM...
THEN THEY COME WITH THE FAKE RETHORICS OF << THE PACIFICISTS>>
WHO DO NOT WISH WAR AGAINST THOSE WHO PRONE AND PROMOTE THESE
CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES....A DOUBLE STANDARD TYPICAL OF THE LIARS AND
Bombing at Resort in Indonesia Kills 182 and Hurts Scores More
By RAYMOND BONNER
powerful car bomb detonated in front of a discoth–•que on the
popular Indonesian resort island of Bali late last night.
[Indonesia's President Megawati Sukarnoputri told reporters today
that at least 182 people were killed and 132 were injured, adding
that others were missing, according to Reuters.]
A hospital official in Bali said today that 75 percent of the
dead were foreigners. It was one of the worst attacks on
civilians in Southeast Asia in many years.
The nightclub where the car was parked, the Sari, and an adjacent
one engulfed by the flames, were popular with Western tourists.
Officials said many of the dead and injured were foreigners, most
of them Australians and Europeans. An American official said
there were Americans among the casualties, though he did not have
the number or names.
Members of a football team from Perth, Australia, were at the
Sari Club, Australian officials said.
"The place was packed, and it went up within a millisecond,"
Simon Quayle, the coach of the football team, told Australian
Broadcasting Corporation radio.
Mr. Quayle, whose team was visiting Bali and at the resort at the
time of the blast, said that he made it safely out of the
building but that 8 of his 19 players were missing.
The blast left a crater large enough for three cars, an American
Bloodied and mangled bodies were being removed from the carnage
into the early morning hours, and fear gripped the serene island,
where Hindus and Muslims have lived in notable harmony. The
airport was shut.
Shortly after the attacks at the nightclub in Kuta, there was a
bomb blast near the honorary American consulate in nearby
Denpasar, Bali's capital. No one was injured.
No group took responsibility for the attacks but suspicions
immediately fell on a radical Islamic organization based in
Indonesia, Jemaah Islamiyah. The group and its leader, Abu Bakar
Bashir, have been linked to plots against Americans by an
operative of Al Qaeda who was seized in Indonesia and turned over
to the Central Intelligence Agency several months ago.
American officials described the bombings as terrorist acts, and
said that they appeared to have been aimed at the United States.
An F.B.I. team was en route to the bombing sites, a senior
American official in Washington said last night.
The bombings are certain to have consequences far greater than
the immediate death and destruction, which is what a terrorist
group would intend. In a country reeling economically, tourism on
the legendary island of Bali is certain to suffer, and foreign
investors will stay away.
The government of President Megawati Sukarnoputri may also have
been a target of the attack, much as Pakistan's president, Gen.
Pervez Musharraf, has been a secondary target of terrorist
Indonesian attitudes and American-Indonesian relations may also
be shaken by the attack.
The United States and its major allies in the region, Australia
and Singapore, have criticized the Indonesian government for not
acting decisively against suspected terrorists.
Bush administration officials say that Jemaah Islamiyah fits all
the criteria to be listed as a terrorist organization, but the
United States has refrained from doing so for fear of
destabilizing Indonesia politically and making life more
difficult for President Megawati. Mr. Bashir has a significant
following among Indonesian Muslims, and has been warmly embraced
by the country's vice president, Hamzah Haz.
"If anything is needed to convince Indonesians that they have
terrorism on their doorstep, this is it," Sidney Jones, director
of the International Crisis Group in Indonesia and an expert on
Jemaah Islamiyah, said in a telephone interview from Jakarta,
The Bush administration's frustration with the Indonesian
government's reluctance to recognize the extent of terrorism in
the country boiled over with last night's carnage.
"We hope this sends a message to the Indonesians that terrorism
is not just an American problem, but an Indonesian one as well,"
a senior administration official said.
The motive for the attack in Bali "wasn't a local commercial
dispute," the official said scornfully.
In September, after a grenade exploded prematurely inside an
automobile in a central Jakarta residential area, not far from
the home of an American diplomat, the Indonesian police dismissed
out of hand the suggestion that it was aimed at Americans. The
police said the assailants were using the grenade to collect a
debt from a person who happened to live next to the American.
Ten days ago, the American embassy in Jakarta took initial steps
to evacuate certain nonessential personnel and dependents of
embassy officials because of threats of attacks on Americans, an
American diplomat said. The diplomat declined to discuss the
nature of the threats but said they were specific in nature.
The Bush administration went to the Indonesian government with
another plea to provide more security.
In early September, the American Embassy in Jakarta was closed
because of specific terrorist threats. It remained closed for
several days while the Bush administration sought to convince the
Indonesian police of the seriousness of the threats and urged it
to provide increased security at the embassy.
Eventually, the police erected heavy barriers on the busy street
in front of the embassy, and assigned more policemen to patrol
the area. Embassy windows have been covered with bulletproof
The move has angered many Indonesians who refuse to accept that
terrorism is a threat in their country and see the American
effort against terrorism as basically anti-Islamic.
In an effort to convince the Indonesians that they must take the
terrorist threat more seriously, President Bush telephoned
President Megawati in September, then sent a top Indonesian
specialist at the National Security Council, Karen Brooks, to
deliver the message in person.
American officials said Ms. Megawati has now come to accept that
the problem is serious, but she is not a strong or decisive
leader and has not brought all of her top security officials on
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