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The New Terrorism

Bali's #2 Cop Tells Legislators that Economically Motivated Attacks on Bali Via 'Travel Warnings' and Boycott Websites Qualify as the 'New Tourism.'

(7/21/2007) Testifying before the Provincial House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) on July 18, 2007, the Assistant Chief of Police for Bali, I Nyoman Gde Suweta, warned that terrorism should not be viewed only in terms of bombings, but should also include unfounded travel warnings and psuedo-anonymous websites that launch unrelenting attacks on Bali and seek a boycott of the Island's tourism industry.

Suweta suggested that while there is always room for improvement in the safety and security of the Island, some of the warnings and admonitions against Bali clearly have an underlying economic motivation. The second-in-command at Bali's constabulary, said that "depending on your perception," it was possible to view travel warnings and website-based attacks on the island as a form of terrorism because of the fear and panic they try to provoke.

Officer Suweta, in his comments to Bali law makers reported in the Bali press, also called into question the true motivations behind the EU blacklisting of Indonesian airline and a similar threat from the Government of Saudi Arabia. Suweta wondered if those casting Indonesia's airlines in a bad light don't derive an economic advantage in the current very competitive aviation market.

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