May 7, 2005

THE WESTERNIZING OF THE EASTERN FLANK:

US-Indonesia Relations Take Turn for the Better (Tim Johnston, 07 May 2005, VOA News)

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has met with visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick in another sign of rapidly warming ties. The United States is giving some $73 million in aid, and has invited the Indonesian leader to the United States later this month. This appears to be a new positive chapter in ties with Indonesia - home to the world's largest Muslim population.

For years, the relationship between Washington and Jakarta has been cool, with the United States worried about Indonesia's track record on human rights, and Jakarta worried about the United States' armed interventions in Muslim nations: Afghanistan and Iraq.

Both sides now seem to want to try to move on.

Saturday, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick was in Jakarta for the signing of a $73 million U.S. economic aid package. Hundreds of millions of dollars are expected to follow to help Indonesia's tsunami-devastated Aceh Province.


Note how the Axis of Good is rolling up Islam from the perimeters--Morocco, Mali, Sudan, Tunisia, Eritrea, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, etc.--like a snake tightening its coils? A broader clash of civilizations is nearly unimaginable, because even Islamicists must recognize how overmatched they are, but were one to come our position could hardly be better.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 7, 2005 9:30 AM
Comments

That's right. The Islamic world sees us walk over Iraq and Afganistan with fewer casulties than we would have had if we had stayed home, sees photos of that dumb doggie bimbo doing her dom routine with Iraqi prisoners and starts to think, "Perhaps we're doing it all wrong." It took Dresden and Hiroshima to make the point last time, this time it has been cheap at the price.

Posted by: Lou Gots at May 8, 2005 10:56 AM
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