Meanwhile as all this discussion goes on, yesterday at 1330hrs AEST the Australian Embassy was carbombed (suicide bomber) in Jakarta by the extreme islamic terrorist group JI.
As of this am 11 killed and over 180 injured. This was a direct attack against Australia, and with a federal election in less than 1 month, many fear of a Spanish style attack on our own soil.
As this was going on I was with some locally based Commandos, and we were discussing in general conversation of the risks of such attacks right here in Sydney. Although they were tight lipped about things, we all realise that the threat of attack against Australian interests overseas and at home is very real. It was not until 45 mins later the radio announced the attack.
Some are saying this attack is payback for Iraq and A'stan, and being allied with the USA, but in reality these terrs see anything western as a target, and hate us for many reasons other than our involvement in operations overseas.
Only one Australian seriously wounded, and sadly that was a 5 yr old child who is in critical condition. Her Indonesian mother, was one of the 11 killed (many were vapourised and the excact count may never be known, as the bomb was detonated in heavy traffic). All killed were Indonesian.
EDIT: As of late this arvo, in regards to the seriously injured 5 yr old girl. She had just recieved her Australian citizenship on 01 Sep, and she and her Mum were at the front gate to pickup her passport when the bomb went off. Her Mum was killed instantly. Her Dad a NSW policeman based out of NSW is reported to be enroute to Jakarta to be with his daughter. Lets hope she pulls through. Also other children are reported to be killed in this incident too.
Traces of AMFO have been found at the sight, and a 3 metre deep water filled crater is visible right out front. This was no small bomb. The blast was heard up to 30km away, and a gaint mushroom cloud hung over the city for hours. Buidlings were extensivly damaged within 600 metres from the detonition point.
Last week was that sickening school siege in Russia. What next?
Every religion has its right winger nutters, and wiping out the whole religion is not the answer, but destroying the heart of the
terrorist groups and their leaders through any reasonable means is necessary.
As for Indonesia, how big is it? Its a nation of some 280,000,000 people, which means its the largest muslim country in the world, with many minority smaller religions. Christians have always lived in fear, and every week churches are burnt, and people are murdered.
Indonesia has over 16,000 islands of which 13,000 are populated. We are to the south on the largest island continent (roughly the size of the lower 48 states in the USA), with a population of just 19,000,000 which was Canada's population over 30 yrs ago.
Its not gonna happen overnight. We are in for the long haul.
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