QUOTE(jakartaninbxl @ Mar 26 2007, 06:12 AM) [snapback]2816568[/snapback]
Give me an example of a Muslim executed for hurting a non-Muslim, I am just curious if something like that ever happened in indonesia..
There have been dozens of Islamic terrorists who were shot dead by police in Ambon and Central Sulawesi. The recent gunbattles in Poso where dozens of terrorists were shot by police had effectively returned peace to that previously unsafe city.
As for religion and race tensions, it doesnt happen only in indonesia.. it happens everywhere.. the sad thing is, indonesia was famous for its tolerance living amongst different religions, and since suharto stepped down.. tolerance went down the drain as well..
The fall of Suharto in 1998 led to weakening of government and too much freedom. The power vacuum allowed lunatic elements such as Islamic terrorists to find space in Indonesia, where they engaged in violence against those they dislike. As Hobbes said, weak government will always lead to anarchy. Thankfully, ever since the Megawati presidency and now SBY presidency, Indonesia have surged above its nadir point (at around 2000-2001) and has successfully ended all the post-Suharto conflicts and have effectively paralysed Islamic terrorism. Thanks to the existence of huge Indonesian middle-class, this return to stability can still be achieved under democracy. I think Indonesia will continue to improve as it adapt to democracy.
The unfortunate conflicts between 1998-2003 (Aceh, Papua, Poso, Ambon, Sampit, etc etc) were side-effects of the fall of Suharto and the difficult adaptation process towards democracy faced by Indonesia.