On Thursday the citizens of Jakarta became the next victims of ISIL, the cowardly terror group that believes it represents the true foundation of Islam but in fact represents nothing but hatred and utter human weakness. Amongst the confirmed dead are two civilians, one of them Canadian, and five of the attackers. In a propagandistic effort to exacerbate the results of the attack, ISIL claimed more than double the amount of deaths.
According to an al-Jazeera news report, at least six bomb blasts were heard before the gunmen arrived on motorcycles with a variety of weaponry, including long guns and grenades, which they turned on the thronging crowds. Some claim that the police in particular were the target of the attack with one report indicating that an officer was shot at point blank range with a rifle. Further, it has been claimed that the attack was planned by an Indonesian individual who travelled to Syria to train with ISIL and subsequently arranged for this particular atrocity to take place.
While five of the gunmen were killed by Indonesian security forces, at least one escaped by motorcycle before police were able to take him down.
Above photo taken from: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35312794
The corner that was attacked is extremely busy and populated. During my stay in Jakarta back in September 2013, I visited this corner and the various shops, restaurants, and movie theatre located here. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, we stayed on Jalan Jaksa, about a ten minute walk away. Teresa actually bought us a wooden spice grinder from one of the markets on the south east corner. We use it all the time and it even still has the price tag on it.
This disgusting attack hits home with me. My heart and all of my positive energy are directed towards the people of Jakarta and those who have suffered as a result of this attack. I would encourage anyone who is thinking of avoiding travel because of the possibility of such an attack to think twice. Yes, there are some places in the world that ought to be avoided at this point in our history. Indonesia is not one them. These kinds of attacks can happen anywhere. The attack with assault weapons by a couple in San Bernardino, California is a prime example. Many more people died in that attack on American soil. Successfully inducing fear in good people is what cowards like ISIL and their affiliates want.
Don’t give in to that fear. Enjoy your life, see the world, and live with positivity. These weaklings who perpetrated the attack in Jakarta can’t do any of that, so they try to stop people like us from doing it. I’ll end it here, before I start using inappropriate language to describe how feel about them and what they’ve done to the good people of Jakarta.