Picture of a footballer in Jakarta taken by Jonathan McIntosh
On 31 July 2009, Richard Lloyd Parry, Asia Editor of The Times, tells us that Al-Qaeda claims suicide bombers were targeting Manchester United
It was the 'spooky' Lloyd Parry who wrote a book entitled 'Suharto's Indonesia: In The Time of Madness'. In this book he failed to mention the role of the CIA in the toppling of Sukarno and Suharto.
Security and terrorism analysts say that the recent statement on a Web site claiming responsibility for the hotel bombings in Jakarta on behalf of Malaysian Noordin M Top could be an attempt to derail the police investigation. (Jakarta Bomb Web Site May Have Aimed to Distract Police: Expert)
"The statement is not typical Noordin," said the internationally renowned terrorism expert Noor Huda Ismail.
Ismail noted inconsistencies in the statement, including many typos and the fact that the group gave an incorrect date.
He also doubted claims that Manchester United's visit was a reason for the attacks.
"If they wanted to target Manchester United, why not wait until the team arrived," Ismail said.
Ken Conboy, who has written about Indonesian terror acts, said "there is nothing in (the statement on the Web site) that suggests that it was indeed Noordin M Top."
According to expert Nasir Abbas, "The writing on the blog is different to his letters that were confiscated before." (Noor Din's Claim on Blog about the Bombings Being His Doubted)
The blog writes the name of Noor Din as 'Nur Din'. While on previous letters, the name was always written as 'Noordin' without a space.
"The blog spells Ritz-Carlton as 'Rizt Calrton'. This is not right. He would not be wrong about spelling words in English," said Nasir.
"We will not be fooled by fake information," said deputy of the Public Relations Division of the Indonesian Police Headquarters, Brig. Gen. Soelistyo Ishak.
The following is taken from the excellent and very famous http://jakartass.blogspot.com/
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Suharto's Indonesia: In The Time of Madness
Richard Parry, the author, was correspondent for the British Independent newspaper for the period 1997-1999 covered by this book and has chosen violence as his theme for understanding recent Indonesian history.
Given the short time he was here, he could just as well have chosen kretek cigarettes or herbal medicine as his theme.
I've read a few online reviews of the book by journalists who may have seen a clip of a riot on CNN and none of them seem to portray the societal upheaval that I witnessed in that period.
None of them convey the solidarity felt by residents here, but all have that element of touristic voyeurism.
Miko, a long-term resident, a regular reader of Jakartass and occasional commentator, has written the following review. It should save you the expense of buying the book.
Parry's book is a load of onanistic twaddle. While walking through a country in great turmoil all he tells us about is himself, how he is feeling, his emotions, what he is enduring, him, him, him.
A good journalist should be able to report what is happening and convey the scene on the ground in precise objective terms. We couldn't give a flying fart what emotional turmoil they may be enduring, we're not interested no more than I care what the personal emotions of my plumber are as long as he makes a good job of restoring my shower fittings.
Parry tells us that on the morning of the Trisakti shootings he was going to ask his girlfriend to marry him, he tells us how he felt about this and what it would mean for him but then after much agonising he decides not to. Then he goes to the university to watch the demo he stays for an hour or two and then goes back to the hotel where he is told about the shooting. He misses the biggest story in Indonesia in thirty years, but, hey, we know about his domestic situation, sheesh great journo.
In East Timor everyone is cartoonish, the brave, quiet, proud, heroic, romantic Timorese, and the ugly, goonlike, thick, dirty Indonesians none of whom have a redeeming quality.
Of course as soon as the first shots are fired he scarpers for the UN compound and stays there thus having no idea what was going on outside. But we do know that he was tired, emotional and contemplative oh and yes Timorese civilians were being massacred outside the walls. When the first evacuation plane comes he scrambles on board; well, he had no cigarettes left. What do you expect from courageous journalists? He doesn't record how many Timorese women and children he pushed out of the way to get on the plane.
Back in Darwin he agonises for a month in various Irish bars before going back again. This time he sees lots of big burly Aussie and Brit soldiers, whom he clearly doesn't like and describes in insulting terms. You see sensitive souls such as him are offended by men who say "fuck" a lot. He passes over the fact that these brutes were the people who sorted the damn mess out while writers like him were wanking themselves into a coma.
Sorry for the length of this review but I just finished the book last night and I needed to get it off my chest this morning.
Aangirfan comments: In his book, Richard Lloyd Parry makes no mention of the CIA/MI6 role in the toppling of both Sukarno and Suharto.
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