Sunday, January 4, 2009

Bits and bobs about Gaza

Indonesian reactions to the renewed Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

It's worth noting here that Indonesia boasts the largest population of Muslims in the world.

Islam is not an Arab religion; it is a religion. We must remember that, both to avoid counterproductive racialization of the religion and our conflicts with Muslim nations, and to understand the full ramifications of our foreign policies. The Middle East+ (i.e. ME plus Afghanistan, Pakistan) is not the only site of Islam by a long shot.

Meanwhile, Syria sends humanitarian aid to Gaza through a totally reputable Syrian humanitarian organization.

This is, er, not good political news for Israel.

Dammit, when will people learn to privilege their long-term interests over their short-term interests?

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