It used to be Turkey that proved that, but no one can claim that any longer with a straight face. And so Cameron, as poker-faced as possible, holds up as a paragon of Islamic democracy and rejection of “extremism” a country that is increasingly hostile to its Christians and to the Ahmadis, a Muslim group deemed heretical.
“Cameron praises Indonesia as model of democracy and Islam,” from Agence France Presse, April 12 (thanks to Twostellas):
JAKARTA: British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday held up Indonesia as a model for nations in transition after the Arab Spring, praising its moderate Islam and its transformation from dictatorship.
He said democracy must not be undermined in the name of Islam in Egypt, and called on the world to oppose Syria’s President Bashar Assad.
“If Indonesia can succeed, it can lead the world in showing how democracy can offer an alternative to the dead-end choice of dictatorship or extremism,” Cameron told students at Jakarta’s Al Azhar Islamic university.
He said extremists were trying to turn Islam into a “closed and warped ideology” opposed to democracy.
“What Indonesia shows is that in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, it is possible to reject this extremist threat and prove that democracy and Islam can flourish alongside each other.”
Cameron praised Indonesia’s success in cracking down on major terror networks in the past decade since bombings on the resort island of Bali in 2002 claimed 202 lives, including 28 Britons.
While the country has struggled to quell attacks by Islamic extremists, the vast majority of Indonesia’s population of 240 million people practice a moderate form of Islam.
Indonesia embarked on democratic reforms in 1998 after the fall of 32-year Suharto dictatorship.
Cameron said Indonesia’s rapid transition “gives heart” to Islamic nations seeking democracy, such as Egypt….
Yes, I am sure they’re closely following the Indonesian model in Egypt.