I don't know if anyone can answer that but yourself. The very nature of terrorism attacks is that no-one knows when & where they'll strike so you could be in as much danger in a large western city of any country that supports the US war on terror. I'm supposed to be going to Indonesia in August & I'm none to happy about these latest developments which I reckon will put all westerners at more risk.
However you can't let the terrorist win & let your life be ruled by fear. No-one can really advise you whether to go or not, Indonesia is prone to sporadic terrorism attacks as are alot of countries. If the situation escalated or there were specific warnings that something was being planned there I might pull out but as yet there isn't. Keep on eye on your countries Department of Foreign Affairs website & advice.
The only advice I could give you if you decide to go is avoid staying in western hotels and frequenting establishments mostly frequented by westerners. The terrorists there don't really want Muslims to get caught up as collateral damage in the carnage so they tend to think twice about bombing places with a Muslim clientele. Also read the advice on this site about what to do if get caught up in a terrorist attack,
In the end the decision has to be yours & do you feel you're going to enjoy yourself or be fearful all the time. If its the latter, it may not be worth it. over 9 years ago
Mole, tremendous advice from Hilary... let me add a bit.
The US has issued a worldwide terror alert. Let me say that again: a worldwide terror alert - this is not something they do lightly. The Australian government has issued its own warning about the possibility of increased anti-western violence, you'd do well to read it http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/TravelBulletins/Enhanced_Risk_of_Anti-Western_Violence
Which reinforces DFAT's advice to Australians to "reconsider your need" to travel to Bali.
Osama Bin Laden himself said the 2002 Bali bombing was in retaliation for Australia's involvement in the Afghanistan war. Although Australia was not directly involved in the operation to kill Bin Laden, many will still see us as allies of America and complicit, they may wish to seek revenge.
Hence the increased terror alert.
While anti-Western groups may WANT to make a point, what is their actual ABILITY to carry out an attack? The Indonesians have done a pretty good job at rounding up the JI terrorists responsible for the Bali bombings. Their alleged ring leader and spiritual guide is presently on trial... other leaders are arrested or dead. But who knows if the killing of OBL has inspired some nut job with half a bag of fertiliser to take action? Just be thankful that a terror attack is actually quite difficult to plan and execute (especially when the Indonesian police and Australia's AFP are on high alert).
Which brings us back to Hilary's comments.... Sorry, no-one's going to answer your question for you, it's up to you to assess your risk profile.
The "reconsider your need to travel" warning has been in place for a while now, and in that time hundreds of thousands of Aussies have been to Bali and returned safely... but that was before OBL was killed. I know there's only a couple of weeks before you leave, but take that time to keep across developments, watch the news (follow our news and twitter feed at safety.worldnomads.com), but be prepared to make the last minute decision to cancel - even if it costs you money - you'll be happier with peace of mind, and Bali will always be there. over 9 years ago