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  • #31
    Originally posted by fastpitch17 View Post
    Could be good but he will need some of the red and white coalition to stop licking their wounds and join in his attempt at making Indonesia a better place. Presently, there are a lot of law makers that want to oppose all he tries to do for spite. Unfortunately, Indonesian House Members are not too well known for doing anything to progress the nation into the future.
    One does not really know what the outcome will be next week when they submit the Regional Elections Bill to Parliament, however it seems that the factions are hell bent on bringing the country to it's knees.

    IF they manage to "steamroll" this Bill through using their power in the Senate, one fears that there could well be anarchy here !!

    "Rent a Crowd" would have a field day !

    It seems heir apparent that the Merah Putih coalition will stop at nothing to turn the clock back to Authoritarian Rule.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Nimbus View Post
      These things come in cycles. Back in the 50's Islamic parties actually secured far more votes than their contemporary counterparts. Armed uprisings by Islamic fundamentalist rebel groups (DI/TII) were strong in multiple provinces. Despite all that the republic quashed them all just the same.
      Excellent point. For details, see this book written by a husband-wife team who were major Indonesia scholars in the US:
      http://www.amazon.com/Subversion-For.../dp/0295976187

      Darul Islam of West Java is still active, but mild compared to the various groups named in this thread and in headlines.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by martindo View Post
        Excellent point. For details, see this book written by a husband-wife team who were major Indonesia scholars in the US:
        http://www.amazon.com/Subversion-For.../dp/0295976187

        Darul Islam of West Java is still active, but mild compared to the various groups named in this thread and in headlines.
        US involvement was actually in PRRI - Permesta, not DI/TII.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permesta

        Considering all the different rebellions in the 50's, it's almost miraculous that Indonesia as a unitary republic survives.

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        • #34
          Kahin suggested that US was funding "all comers" under the anti-commie banner in the 1950s, inc DI.

          WP articles on Indonesia are carefully edited by a small team of dedicated Indonesia-philes but they aren't the last word. Political topics tend to be somewhat censored -- look up GS30 or Suharto or something like that and see if they use "alleged" yet in front of the word "coup".

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