WAHID - THE CLASSIC MOSLEM
The Moslem cleric Abdurrahman Wahid, also known as Gus Dur, headed the world's biggest Moslem organisation, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU).
Wahid also became president of the world's biggest Moslem country, Indonesia.
Wahid loved jazz, football, European and American movies, and democracy.
He worked as a journalist for the prestigious Tempo news magazine.
As Chairman of NU, Wahid was successful in increasing the quality of the pesantren (Moslem schools).
Wahid supported religious tolerance and moderate liberal ideas.
Wahid accepted an invitation to visit Israel in 1994.
Wahid was president of Indonesia from 1999-2001.
He promoted free speech and human rights.
He defended British author Salman Rushdie.
He visited East Timor and apologized for human rights abuses committed by Indonesian forces during their American backed occupation.
Wahid knew that the Moslem militants were linked to the American trained military. Fundamentalist Islam is a tool to keep the rich elite in power.
Back in the 1960s, the CIA had arranged for the Indonesian military to be put into power in Indonesia.
When he became President, Wahid sought to reform the military and end the control of Indonesian institutions by the American trained generals.
Wahid found an ally in Agus Wirahadikusumah who was made Commander of the powerful Kostrad regiment.
Agus began uncovering a financial scandal linked to Kostrad.
Agus then died rather suddenly.
The military wanted Wahid removed from the presidency and began to stir up trouble.
Koppasus special forces. Image from: kebangkitan-kita.blogspot.com/
In the year 2000, there was trouble in part of Indonesia called Maluku.
The Indonesian military set up a Moslem militia called Laskar Jihad (similar to the CIA's al Qaeda)
Laskar Jihad was transported to Maluku by the military.
Wahid had ordered the military to block Laskar Jihad from going to Maluku
Laskar Jihad were being financed by Fuad Bawazier, the last Minister of Finance to have served under Suharto.
There was trouble in West Papua.
Wahid wanted to follow a policy of moderation. This was opposed by the military and its alleged puppets, such as Megawati, in other political parties.
On 24 December 2000, there were attacks directed against churches in Jakarta and in eight cities across Indonesia.
It is suspected that the American trained Indonesian military was behind the attacks.
Wahid was forced out of office.
Wahid discussed his suspicions regarding the involvement of the Indonesian government and military in the terrorist bombings on Bali, in an interview in the documentary Inside Indonesia's War on Terrorism which was aired by SBS Dateline on October 12, 2005.
Wahid was saying in 2005 of the Bali bombings: "The orders to do this or that came from within our armed forces... There is not a single Islamic group ... that is not controlled by (Indonesian) intelligence."
Indonesia's intelligence services are said to work closely with the CIA.
The series of 38 church bombings on Christmas Eve, 2000, killed 19 people in 11 Indonesian cities. (Source: Kopassus)
Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) was blamed.
However, in February 2001, the respected Indonesian newsweekly Tempo published a cover story suggesting links between the bombings and the Indonesian military, the TNI.
The article pointed out that Edi Sugiarto, who was quickly arrested and confessed to assembling 15 of the bombs used in the town of Medan, has long run a car repair shop in the province of Aceh, where a separatist group named GAM has been fighting for many years.
Members of TNI and Indonesia’s special forces, Kopassus, regularly went to his shop for repairs and just to hang out.
As a result, GAM claimed he was a TNI lackey and burned down his shop and house in 1997.
Phone records also indicated that Sugiarto called Fauzi Hasbi seven times before the bombings.
Hasbi is a leader of JI, but Tempo outed him as an Indonesian government mole.
In 2005, two years after Hasbi’s death, the Australian television program SBS Dateline provided additional evidence of Hasbi’s long-time links to the TNI.
Fasbi also called Jacob Tanwijaya, a businessman well connected with the TNI, 35 times.
That businessman in turn talked on the phone to Lt. Col. Iwan Prilianto, a Kopassus special forces intelligence officer, over 70 times. (Source: Kopassus)
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