Tempo Interaktif reports that visiting Parliamentarians from Australia recently expressed their satisfaction with how Indonesia is handling the war on terror. The comments, made by Australian lawmaker Peter Slipper M.P. as part of a four-member delegation, were delivered during a visit on September 22, 2006, with Din Syamsuddin, Chairman of Muhammadiyah, Indonesia's largest modernist Muslim social and educational organization.
According to Slipper, both Indonesia and Australia have enjoyed successful cooperation in a number of areas due, in part, to the two nations' close proximity to each other.
The Australian went on to explain that the cooperation between the two countries has intensified since the Bali bombing of 2002 that resulted in a large number of Australian casualties. Slipper said that the Government of Australia is satisfied with how Indonesia has handled this case, adding, "we respect the legal process that has taken place."
In the dialogue with Din, Slipper and two fellow Australian lawmakers Ė Michael Danby and Harry Jenkins, spoke at length on terrorism and Island, frequently seeking Din's response and insights.
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In response, Din explained to his visitors that much of the radicalism in Islam today is a reaction to the West's unfair view and evaluation of the religion. Touching on the matter of Iraq and Australia's support of the U.S. invasion of that country, Din told his visitors that the current approach was badly flawed, explaining, "it is inappropriate to try to introduce democracy through violent tactics."
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