January 16, 2006

IS THERE ROOM IN THAT THERE AXIS OF GOOD THINGY:

Indonesia's stature rises: Anticipated security pact with Australia underscores how much ties have warmed. (Tom McCawley, 1/17/06, The Christian Science Monitor)

A security pact expected to be signed this year between Indonesia and Australia will mark a formal end to a six-year rift over violence in East Timor and signals just how far the world's most populous Muslim nation has come in relations with its southern neighbor as well as the United States. [...]

In both Indonesia and Pakistan, the US now enjoys friendly ties to presidents seen as sympathetic to US interests. Both Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan support a moderate Islam and are seen as bulwarks against violent fringe groups. Together, they preside over about 356 million Muslims, about a quarter of the Islamic world.


Geography alone makes Pakistan's stability and ability to remain a partner in the long term less certain, but Indonesia could evolve into a normal democratic ally fairly quickly.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 16, 2006 9:13 PM
Comments

So, we attack Indonesia and the Ozzies are going to take US on?

Posted by: Sandy P at January 17, 2006 12:16 AM

In the unlikely event that we would have cause to attack Indonesia, the Aussies would be right at our side.

Posted by: erp at January 17, 2006 9:18 AM

I'm thinking long term, erp.

They are the largest muslim country, big target.

Posted by: Sandy P at January 17, 2006 10:13 AM

Sandy, A big target for whom and to gain what?

Posted by: erp at January 17, 2006 10:23 AM
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