Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Thursday, September 12, 2002

At a conference in Indonesia today there was a call for modernization of Islam.

"We are also determined that post-September 11, 2001, Islam in Indonesia will not be hijacked by a perverted ideology that refuses to come to terms with the need to reform and reshape a world vastly different from so many centuries ago," Juwono said during an international seminar on Islam and the West -- One Year After Sept. 11, 2001: Obstacles and Solutions in Search for a New World Civilization -- held at the Jakarta Inter-Continental Hotel.

He said events in the Middle East resonated quickly in Indonesia's domestic situation, and affected the nation's future politically, economically and strategically.

But the former defense minister said the vast majority of Indonesian Muslims believe we can provide an enriched discourse and constructive dialog on the need for all members of the ummah (Muslim community) throughout the world, to adjust and peacefully come to terms with American-dominated globalization.

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