January 10, 2008

AXIS OF GOOD--MUSLIM DIVISION:

As leaders move Indonesia forward, a repudiation of Suharto (Seth Mydans, January 10, 2008, IHT)

From one of the most centralized and controlled countries in the world, it has transformed itself into one of the most decentralized, free, open and self-regulating.

From a brutal and corrupt regime under the heel of the military, it has become the standard bearer of democracy in Southeast Asia. It stands out for its political liberalism at a time when coups and coup attempts have discredited the region's two exemplars of democracy, Thailand and the Philippines.

"Indonesia represents a good-news story in the region and in the world," said Ralph Boyce, a former United States ambassador to Indonesia during the post-Suharto period.


It will devolve into its constituent parts over time, but has an opportunity to do so in orderly fashion.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 10, 2008 7:35 AM
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