Indonesian Minister of Defence Blogs Middle East Conflict

One place in the blogosphere which I find regularly yields blogs and specific posts of interest to me and which I don’t seem to pick up elsewhere is Global Voices, which “seeks to amplify, curate and aggregate the global conversation online – with a focus on countries and communities outside the U.S. and Western Europe”.

Today I was thrown a little off balance by the first item that came up, about a man in Cuba who has his face extensively pierced. Fortunately I read on and found a post about a blog which I would imagine is a rare exception, in that it is the blog of a minister in the Government of the Republic of Indonesia.

And the minister, Juwono Sudarsono, is no minor player, but the Minister of Defence in a very populous and strategically influential nation. Minister Sudarsono has a Masters degree from UC Berkeley and a PhD from the London School of Economics, and has held a rack of high offices in government in successive administrations.

I found his post from earlier this week, Diplomacy and Military Balance, more considered and more thought-provoking than a lot of the mainstream media comment.

From the outset, there has been general agreement that both the Israeli defense force and the Hizbullah have acted beyond the control of their respective backers. The intense hatred arising from anger, fear, deep vengeance and radical rhetoric, combined with personal as well as collective sufferings on both sides have led the military conflict run unchecked.

What I also found interesting and highly admirable was that, in a country quite new to democracy and in a period when some bloggers turn off the commenting facility, this minister has chosen to leave comments open.

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