Thursday, September 30, 2004
Test Tube Indonesia
The likliest place to study non-fundamentalist Islamic democracy in action is Indonesia. This predominently Muslim nation has all the ingredients, some good some bad, that the Bush administration is hoping to engender in Iraq. They are non-Arab, generally moderate, and anxious to achieve a better standard of living. If in 10 years Iraq can toe the line that Indonesis is toeing today (holding elections, generally not acting like despotic assholes etc.) than we should consider the Iraq experiment a success.