Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Advice from Indonesia

Brought to us via the friendly folks at The New York Times.

The Indonesian defense minister, Juwono Sudarsono, gently admonishes,
"In the application of security, including anti-terrorist laws, it's best that you leave the main responsibility of anti-terrorist measures to the local government in question."
Wahl, shooer thing there, podner. Ya'll mean like the Saudis, (15 of 19 9/11 hijackers who murdered 3000 people), and the Pakistanis (currently sheltering Osama bin Laden, Saudi, and responsible for supplying both Iran and North Korea with their nuclear capabilities), the Sudanese (responsible for the murder of 200,000 and another 2.5 million refugees), the Iraqis (300,000-and-counting-as-we-dig-up-the-desert murdered by Saddam Hussein and his maniac sons), the Taliban (hosted bin Laden and al Qaeda, helped train the 9/11 hijackers and shot women in public ceremonies in the local soccer stadiums for wearing their burqas too short), the Palestinians (Jews are sons of monkeys and pigs and must be driven into the sea) and the Libyans (Oh! Shit! Here, take our nuclear program and all its components, please!). You mean, Mr. Sudarsono, those local governments?

Of course, then, Donald Rumsfeld replies with this laugher:
"I have never indicated to any country that they should do something that they were uncomfortable doing."
Technically, I guess, he's right. The Army, Navy and Marines did the indicating, with vigor.

And then the article quotes this report as saying,
"Some Indonesian analysts view the United States as focused on the 'search and destroy' aspects of the war on terror and feel that the United States has not focused sufficient attention to winning the hearts and minds aspect of the struggle."
Did anyone ever think, just possibly, just maybe, however off-the-wall this might sound, that Muslim governments around the world might want to make an effort to win the hearts and minds aspect of the American people?

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