posted on Oct, 31 2004 @ 12:19 AM
Recently Indonesia took a big step towards full democracy. It has a capable leader, and is about to undertake important economic reforms. Indonesia
has the largest Muslim population on Earth, and a terrorist organisation, JI, with big plans.
Will it be safe for Australia to have an economically and politically thriving Muslim nation just to the North, if yes, then why, and if no, then why
My personal opinion is that through the very nature of the Indonesian state, ie. the number of different cultural, religious and racial groups, any
government of that nation-state will have to take tough military action now and then, thus allowing for the "legitmate" build-up of its miltary. I
don't believe this is safe for Australia as a militarily strong people who view you as a western intrusion into Asia are bound to feel a little angry
at any action you take which is contrary to their interests, eg. Iraq. And as such there is a motive for conflict.
So what do you think, is it a good or bad thing for Australia that Indonesia is taking the first steps towards escaping the third-world? And how
likely is it that Indonesia would ever take military action against Australia in say 30-50 years?