The real fallout from the death of Osama Bin Laden could have its beginnings in Pakistan… NO, I am not talking about the Pakistani government and its taqiyya…. I am talking about the supporters of jihad and of Al Qaeda within Pakistan. I have already mentioned the Mumbai massacre in relation to OBL. It is possible that he gave the order to go ahead with that attack. It is also probable that he ordered the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in cooperation with the Tamil Tigers.
Whilst there will be angry demonstrations in London, and other major cities around the world, I suspect that such demonstrations will be somewhat muted. In a lot of Middle Eastern countries there is more likely to be a sigh of relief. In Syria for example, the organisers of the protests there have forbidden pictures of OBL on the grounds that such pictures would only spark a much harder crackdown – interesting idea (and again I question who is behind that protest). However, the place to watch is Pakistan. In this report (one of many), we can see first hand the reaction in Karachi, which is an Al Qaeda stronghold.
This little snippet from the report caught my attention:
Only today Lashkar-e-Taiba – the militants behind the Mumbai terror attack – said Bin Laden’s ‘martyrdom’ would not be in vain
Without a doubt serious questions must be asked about Pakistan and its alleged attempts to fight terrorism. It seems that there are jihadists within the military, and even within the ISI. Who for example had tipped off OBL when the Americans began to bomb the Tora Bora region? It seems almost certain right now that OBL and his henchmen were tipped off, and that is how they escaped.
A new question to be asked right now: Where is Zawahri hiding? Is he also hiding somewhere near a military installation in Pakistan?
Another country where security is being beefed up after the death of OBL is Indonesia. This is due in part to the death of OBL but it is also due to the trial of known terrorist Yemeni imam Abu Bakr Bashir. Indonesia is also about to host a number of world leaders for a conference.
Abu Bakr Bashir is the sheik that is known to have been behind the Bali bombings and who has been responsible for the setting up of jihadi training camps in the Aceh province. One of his lieutenants was Norodin Topp who was also the subject of a manhunt a few years ago. Bashir was tried in relation to the Bali bombings, sort of, he was given a sentence but the government allowed him to go free after a series of pardons. The men who actually built the bombs have been executed (but in Indonesia the trial took time). Despite their previous attitude towards Abu Bakr Bashir, the Indonesian government has done far more in the hunt for, and the elimination of terrorists than has Pakistan.
Indonesia was already on heightened state of alert in response to a foiled plot to blow up a church on Good Friday, as well as other recent terrorist activities targeting police and moderate Muslim figures.
But President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who met with police, military and intelligence chiefs on Monday evening, has now called for security forces to be on even higher alert footing.
Members of the public have also been asked to be more vigilant, and to report anything suspicious.
In Bali, police have begun checking vehicles in the Kuta Beach area, the scene of the 2002 bombings that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians.
Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika told AAP he has called for the alert level to be raised.
“We are on alert. The main point is to take extra precautions in terms of early detection and early warning,” he said.
He said security had been tightened in a co-ordinated effort involving military and civilian organisations.
“If there’s anything peculiar, people must report it immediately,” he said.
“I ask people to be on alert.”