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Pages   432
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 5.9" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 28, 2005
Publisher   Sid Harta Publishers
ISBN  1921030399  
ISBN13  9781921030390  

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Disturbing reading  Mar 12, 2006
I have to say first that I was given this book for Christmas and I had not heard of it before. My initial reaction to the cover was suspicion that this was a cheap sensationalist effort and the picture of the author did not reassure me (apologies to the author). Having stated my prejudices, I have to say that I found myself turning the pages rapidly. It is an easy and enticing read, constructed as it is, of short segments dealing with characters, events and relationships that reappear through the book. By the final chapters, much of my initial suspicion was replaced with an awareness that this was written by someone who has a lot of personal inside information. That much of what is presented is plausible and disturbing. For the importance of this insight into a history of events which are shaping our world I have given the book its 4 stars. That is not to say that I necessarily think the book is great literature. I don't for example think that the blend of factual journalism and fictional narative are blended convincingly. Also one is constantly wondering where the facts end and the fiction begins which tends to undermine the credibility somewhat. Having said all that, I believe the most important aspect of this book is that it makes you think! And certainly a few beaurocrats and politicians should be losing some sleep over it!
Essential reading ( Washington Defense and Foreign Affairs)  Dec 1, 2005
Defense & Foreign Affairs [Washington D.C.]
Special Analysis
Volume XXIII, No. 98
October, 2005

New Study Maps Complex Web of Nationalist, Islamist
Links and History of Indonesian, SE Asian Terrorism

Analysis. Staff Report. A new book by veteran
intelligence officer and author Kerry Collison1 has
emerged as essential reading for any analyst or
official attempting to make comprehensible the
complex, and often contradictory, web of historical
factors and relationships which led to the two sets of
terrorist bombings in Bali, Indonesia, in 2002 and
2005, and the array of terrorist and nationalist
unconventional warfare undertakings in Indonesia and
across South-East Asia over the past few decades. The
study makes clear that Jamaah Islamiyah (JI) and its
related organizations, such as Laskar Jihad (LJ) and
Abu Sayyaf, are far from finished in their mission, or
their relationship with the global al-Qaida movement,
and remain sustained by many aspects of the
nationalist and economic societies they seek to

The book, Crescent Moon Rising,2 was, like a number of
Collison's books, written as a "fact-based political
thriller" to enable the author to get around
Indonesia's delicate libel laws as well as to place
all the historical facts into a narrative matrix which
allows the broad sweep of cultures, historical
developments, and characters within a framework where
the events, and people, start to make sense.

For the professional intelligence reader, the
fictional narrative used to bind the historical data
into a context does not get in the way of Collison's
case presentation, but makes it easy reading and a way
to get analysts - even those only marginally familiar
with Indonesian history and politics - into a frame of
reference which makes the topic intelligible. Collison
has decades of experience in Indonesia, and knows
virtually all of the key players on all sides of the
Indonesian military and intelligence spectrum, for
example. This earlier had made him perhaps the first
commentator to highlight the fact that current
Indonesian Pres. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono would rise
to the national leadership.

Among the things which Collison highlights are:

1. The firm and clear linkage between the
Indonesian Islamist movements and the al-Qaida
movement of Osama bin Laden and the less-than-formal,
and always fluid, way in which targeting, inter-group
cooperation, and financing are achieved;

2. The linkage between the terrorist groups and some
key elements of the Indonesian National Military
Forces (TNI: Tentara Nasional Indonesia) in the
constant battle for power between the "Red and White"
(nationalist) and "Green" (Islamist) elements of the

3. The rôle of South-East Asian-based front
companies in financing and logistical support for
terrorist and insurgent groups across the region,
linking Islamist activities in Indonesia, Thailand,
the Philippines, Singapore, and Australia;

4. The breakdowns in trust and intelligence
exchanges between the US, Australia, and other players
- often apparently for reasons of compartmentalization
and national objectives - which enabled some terrorist
operations to proceed unhindered, including the Bali 1
bombings (2002), some of the Jakarta bombings, and the
September 11, 2001, attacks on the US;

5. The impact of the South-East Asian economic
collapse on terrorist activities;

6. The rôle of the Dutch Government and secessionist
elements (or elements which never supported the
creation of Indonesia in the first place) within
Indonesia in attempting to seek independence for the
Moluccas and West Papua, and the potential rôles of
the People's Republic of China (PRC) and others in
possibly pushing for United Nations plebiscites on the
independence of those territories;

7. The resultant psychological attitudes within the
TNI and Islamist movements toward Australia from
Australia's late, and reluctant, rôle in assisting the
independence of East Timor;

8. The linkages between Laskar Jihad's activities
and the "red and white" and "green" TNI factions'
objectives in seeking to retain Indonesian national
unity through creating, artificially, the tensions
between Christian and Muslim communities in the
Moluccas, Ambon, etc., leading to major rampant
killing operations by Laskar Jihad and related
movements, such as Komando Jihad (leading to the rise,
and reinforcement of such Christian movements as the
Coker boys, as well as to the Moluccan independence

9. Background details on the key terrorist players
in the situation, including such figures as Hambali,
Syafullah al-Yemeni, Omar al-Faruq, Omar Ibn
al-Khattab, Ramzi Yousef, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Abu
Sapara, and so on, and some of the intelligence
players on the US and Australian side of the equation;

10. An understanding of relevant US, Indonesian, and
Australian intelligence agency functions as they
relate to the situation.

Collison does not neglect the linkages of the groups
into Afghanistan and Chechnya, noting, quite apart
from the concerns over the acquisition by
Islamist-jihadist groups related to Osama bin Laden of
"suitcase" nuclear weapons, the prospect and
probability that the South-East Asian operations have
acquired former Soviet Radio Thermal Generators
(RTGs), which could be employed as substantial-scale
"dirty" bombs.

Given the current overall climate of the US-led "war
on terror", and the consequent need to create a viable
and unified Indonesia (as far as the US and Australia
are concerned), and the longer-term Chinese strategic
desire to see a break-up of a Western-oriented
Indonesia controlling both strategic resources and
strategic waterways critical to Chinese interests,
Collison's book is essential reading for analysts and
policy officials attempting to understand the
situation. Moreover, the book brings into perspective
the factors which lead to state sponsorship of, or
acquiescence to, many aspects of terrorism.


1. Kerry Collison, a former Australian military
intelligence officer, is Indonesian correspondent for
Defense & Foreign Affairs/Global Information System
(GIS). He is the author of numerous books on Indonesia
and South-East Asia.

2. Collison, Kerry. Crescent Moon Rising. Hartwell,
Victoria, Australia, 2005: Sid Harta Publishers. ISBN:
1 921030 39 9. Trade paperback, 425pp; appendices,

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