to the USA, then and recently
GOD pushed the US founding fathers thru much hardship, initially
supported by a rag-tag bunch of freedom fighters under Washington.
GOD used a British admiral to offer peace to 3 of the founding fathers,
an option the revolutionaries rejected in favour of freedom + self rule,
on Sept 11 ... 1776.
GOD honoured the revolutionaries hard choice - hard work for
the sake of hundreds then who sought freedom, justice, real peace + victory.
GOD, 225 years later, pushed the USA to honour freedom and democracy
by resisting evil, by rejecting appeasement, by opting for true freedom,
on Sept 11 ... 2001,
GOD, in 2005, continues to prove His Hand is upon USA for good,
to share His precepts, to share His freedom principles, to share Him,
in love and sacrifice
to help others also...
Excerpted from WSJ R+O - Oct 3, 2005.
As for Indonesia's friends overseas, it bears repeating that this gigantic new democracy of 220 million people dwarfs all other Islamic nations, especially the mostly repressive tiny kingdoms of the Arabian peninsula. Mr. Yudhoyono is the country's first president to be directly elected, and he deserves foreign support.
That support will come mainly from the U.S., Australia, Japan and Britain, which also happen to be the "coalition of the willing" in Iraq. That's no accident. Indonesia's fight against Islamist terrorism is part of the same war being fought in Baghdad, London, Kandahar, Islamabad, New Delhi, Ankara, Madrid and all the other places where bombs have deliberately targeted civilians for death.