Bob Beauprez

A pattern may be developing.  By now, everyone with a pulse should be intimately familiar with the tragedy in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.  The Obama Administration is embroiled in a scandalous cover-up born of an obsession to perpetuate a myth that al Qaeda and radical Islamic terror withered to an inconsequential "remnant" with the death of Osama bin Laden.

But within just the last week, at least two more plots to attack U.S. Embassies in Islamic countries have been uncovered.  Thankfully, local intelligence interrupted these two attacks before they happened.  Ambassador Stevens and the other Americans were not so fortunate.

Indonesian anti-terrorist police officials arrested 11 members of a new radical Islamic sect for plotting an attack on "domestic and foreign targets, including the U.S. Embassy and a site near the Australian Embassy," reports Fox News. 

"From evidence found at the scene, we believe that this group was well prepared for serious terror attacks," according to Maj. Gen. Suhardi Alius, a spokesman for the Indonesian national police who made the arrests.

All are believed to be members of Harakah Sunni for Indonesian Society, HASMI.  Officials suspect the group is affiliated with the larger and more established Jemaah Islamiyah, a South East Asian terror organization linked to al Qaeda with a long track record of bomb attacks. 

Seized during the arrests that occurred in four separate Indonesian provinces were a number of bombs, explosive materials, a bomb-making manual and ammunition, and a gas cylinder filled with highly explosive material. 

Terror attacks have been numerous in Indonesia since 2002.  Attacks typically have focused on Western governments as well as private companies and also "against Christian targets."

According to the Pew Research Center, Indonesia has the largest Muslim population of any nation in the world, 205 million, with 88 percent of the entire country professing to be Islamic. 

Bob Beauprez

Bob Beauprez is a former member of congress, dairy farmer, community banker, real estate developer, and now a buffalo rancher in Colorado

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