Since the deadliest terrorist attack in Asia on October 12th, 2002 at two Bali resort nightclubs killed 202 people targeting mostly Western tourists (88 Australians, 54 Europeans and seven Americans died) followed three years later by the October 2005 Bali suicide bombings killing 23 more innocent victims at three restaurants, Indonesia has largely managed to avoid major deadly outbreaks of terrorism on its own soil. The 19th largest geographical nation in the world comprised of more than 17,000 archipelago islands in Southeast Asia contains the planet’s fourth largest population of over a quarter billion people behind only China, India and the United States. Its current fast rising census to date is 265,278,532. With 86% of its residents identifying themselves as Muslim, Indonesia is the home of more Muslims than any other nation on earth.
More than 500 known Indonesian citizens have fought as Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria. In the face of growing terrorism around the world where typically Islamic extremists are the purported suspects, Indonesia’s national government has received international praise for its diligent efforts over the years to combat terrorism. This latest terrorist attack follows on the two-day heels of yet another ISIS terrorist act in Istanbul.
The relative calm in recent years was suddenly broken late Thursday morning when terrorist attacks in multiple locations rocked the capital city Jakarta where more than ten million Indonesians reside, marking the worst act of terrorism in Jakarta since the July 2009 bombings that killed seven people and injured fifty inside the two Western chain hotel lobbies of the Ritz Carlton and Marriot Hotels. But on Thursday the dreaded inevitability of yet more Islamic State terrorists shattered the peace carrying out a number of grenade explosions and gunfire in several locations within a busy Jakarta district.
National police spokesman General Anton Charilyan stated the overwhelming likelihood that the suspects were ISIS militants based on the simultaneously coordinated blasts being similar to last November’s Friday the 13th attacks in Paris. He also alluded to Islamic State’s warning in late November that “there will be a concert” in Indonesia foreshadowing more ISIS attacks to come. Additionally, in December multiple Indonesian arrests were made thwarting terrorist plots two of which involved ISIS planned for the New Year’s festivities. In all 150,000 soldiers and police were on duty during the new year holiday guarding churches, airports and other public places, 9000 in Bali alone.
The Telegraph stated that a suicide bomber exploded his device at a Starbucks café in Central Jakarta shattering glass and injuring customers. This particular area of the city includes many Western chain businesses surrounded by downtown office buildings. Another blast took place outside a movie theater shopping mall. Indonesia’s Istana Negara presidential palace is but one mile down the road from where the explosions occurred with the US Embassy also nearby. There was also gunfire reported in a number of locations between the suspects and police quickly converging on the scene. It was eventually determined that five separate blasts struck busy downtown central Jakarta Thursday morning. The city was on immediate lockdown for the next several hours. An hour and a half after the first bomb went off, gunfire in the area could still be heard.
Islamic State jihadists believed responsible for today’s series of attacks made recent threats through social media to expand its worldwide terrorism campaign to include not only the usual soft target civilian population often aimed at popular Western tourist locations but also targeting airports and specifically security forces. Not surprisingly then, today’s initial blast reported by CNN took place at a police outpost where one police officer is said to have died. CNN earlier released information that the one police officer, five civilians and at least four terrorists were confirmed dead in the brazen attacks but that was subsequently changed as more information came in.
When it was all said and done, Jakarta police claimed that all five attackers were killed by antiterrorism police, two being suicide bombers and three gunmen. The police also maintain that the only other dead in the attacks were one Canadian citizen and one Indonesian citizen with an additional ten others injured (though CNN states 19 were wounded). Jakarta police spokesperson Col. Muhammad Iqbal concluded, “We believe there are no more attackers around Sarinah. We have taken control.” Despite Iqbal’s confident claim designed to quell public concern, various media outlets report that it’s still unclear if any further suspects remain at large.
What is most important in this very early aftermath is that virtually every act of terrorism committed in modern history is state sponsored by the Western intelligence community. It’s worth mentioning that the reign of terror in Indonesia brought on by the 1965 coup that overthrew then President Sukarno leading to the murderous ethnic cleansing over a half million Indonesians was the result of the CIA and America’s state sponsored terrorism. So the far bigger picture and pattern to understand here is the Hegelian do-loop of the state created crises, deep state’s reaction framed as the proposed solution that then promotes further draconian tyrannical control under the false pretense of national security and counterterrorism.
Though the actual people pulling the triggers in these terror acts may be Islamic extremists, in every case there are invisible imperialistic government forces from the West that are pulling the strings from behind the scenes, most often CIA handlers who coordinate state sponsored covert operations working directly with the alleged terrorist patsies, financing, arming and training them. Former career military intelligence and CIA officer and whistleblower Robert David Steele said:
Most terrorists are false flag terrorists, or are created by our own security services. In the United States, every single terrorist incident we have had has been a false flag, or has been an informant pushed on by the FBI. In fact, we now have citizens taking out restraining orders against FBI informants that are trying to incite terrorism. We’ve become a lunatic asylum.
Regarding the violence in Jakarta, Robert David Steele believes that the CIA cannot be discounted as possible perpetrators. Several months ago his open source intelligence network "documented expectations that CIA planned to begin covert operations in Indonesia to further inflame the equation of Islam with terrorism."
Thursday’s terrorism in Jakarta is still too fresh to overtly broadcast emerging anomalies that invariably surface soon after such events. But if the Jakarta attacks are so much like the Paris attacks as many are already saying, then like every other major act of terrorism this century, anomalies will begin piling up very shortly. At the end of the day though, today’s events do follow a pattern of many false flags starting with the Paris attacks two months ago. Like Paris, Indonesian security forces had allegedly been aware of eminent attacks by ISIS weeks in advance based on warnings received. And also like Paris and every terrorist event, ISIS was quickly blamed. Yet for all the suicide bombs, grenades and gunshots fired for at least a full hour and a half in a crowded section of the city approaching midday, it seems very odd that only two people died. Photos show the terrorists brandishing their weapons in front of dozens of bystanders, yet only two died from gunshot wounds. Considering the Paris attacks were of shorter duration with the same close at range proximity to victims, 130 died to just a couple in Thursday’s violence.
Early on CNN reported a police officer down at the very outset of the attacks, but as the incident unfolded, suddenly there was no further mention of a police casualty. Also based on eyewitness accounts ABC Indonesia reported up to 10-14 gunmen were involved yet the police claim that only five suspects participated and that all were killed. That the media would claim two to nearly three times the number of attackers than the police ultimately report is a red flag discrepancy that bears investigative follow-up. Finally as in nearly all false flag terrorism, the authorities maintain that all the supposed Muslim jihadists are now deceased, raising the common issue that dead men can tell no tales. These are just a few of the first puzzling observations and questions that are eerily reminiscent of a slew of past false flag attacks with no doubt more on the way in the coming days.
As a follow-up to the January 14th attacks, within two days Indonesian police arrested a dozen suspects linked to the crime after a counterterrorism sweep throughout Indonesia. Jakarta security forces have identified the mastermind as Bahrun Naim, a known Indonesian ISIS terrorist alleged to be directing terrorist operations in his native Indonesia from an ISIS safe haven in Syria. Indonesian authorities are apparently well aware of Naim’s jihadist terrorist history having jailed him back in 2011 on a weapons violation conviction, resulting in Naim apparently serving two years in an Indonesian prison but his release freed him up to resume his terrorist activities with Islamic State in Syria. Western press paints a picture that the deadly Jakarta attacks were the result of an ambitious Naim seeking to establish himself as the sole kingpin over Islamic State’s Southeast Asian branch. Naim may be competing with a jailed cleric who wields powerful influence over his militant followers from behind bars. Also a former Malaysian college lecturer serving a nine year sentence has also been recognized as a viable contender attempting to unite militants throughout Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines under the Asian Pacific ISIS banner. Of course what’s conveniently omitted by all this MSM speculation over Islamic State’s emerging presence in the Far East is any involvement by the United States, the undisputable Islamic State terrorism creator and prime supporter.
Far East analyst Tony Cartalucci believes the Jakarta attacks were prompted by the US in retaliation for Indonesia’s moving closer in alliance to now cold war 2 nemesis China. Just like the Hebdo Paris attack a year ago followed immediately after the French government voted to recognize a Palestinian sovereign state while urging to lift anti-Putin sanctions, the Israel-US modus operandi has historically been to sic its Mossad and CIA on any nations around the world that show the first sign of refusing to submit to US Empire hegemony, swiftly and severely punishing nations with false flag terrorism or unnatural “natural” disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis with Tesla scalar weaponry. Since both Israel and the US have seen their prominent standing in the world slipping as of late, feeling threatened by the growing strength of Eastern powers Russia, China and Iran, the US Empire has become recklessly and dangerously reactive in recent months, aggressively baiting the East into World War III.
The global pattern of terrorist attacks particularly in recent years maintains a constant thread of continuity that smacks of New World Disorder’s increasing reign of terror designed only to further consolidate and centralize the ruling elite’s power and control over every corner of the globe to in turn further enslave the entire human population. Because the governments and mainstream media would have us believing that the cancerous spread of ISIS terrorism is unstoppable and now has gone global reaching the Far East, they will begin selling the notion that the only way to protect people globally from the big bad terrorists will be through global governance, just like they’re selling the climate change hoax. And all of their manufactured crises and lies are leading the global masses down one all too obvious road – the pathway to a one world government tyranny.
Joachim Hagopian is a West Point graduate and former US Army officer. He has written a manuscript based on his unique military experience entitled “Don’t Let The Bastards Getcha Down.” It examines and focuses on US international relations, leadership and national security issues. After the military, Joachim earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and worked as a licensed therapist in the mental health field with abused youth and adolescents for more than a quarter century. In recent years he has focused on his writing, becoming an alternative media journalist. His blog site is at http://empireexposed.blogspot.co.id/. Joachim is also a regular contributor to Global Research, Sott.net and LewRockwell.com.