Grist to Miko's Mill
What follows should really please Miko who thinks that Jakartass is a shill for communism
Josef Kalla, our esteemed VP, is leaving tomorrow on a two-week "strictly business
" trip that will take him to the U.S. and Canada. He has meetings lined up with US VP Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, other US officials as well as one-on-one meetings with executives of the IMF, Halliburton, ExxonMobil, Freeport McMoran, Chevron Corporation, Merrill Lynch as well as tobacco and textile corporations in New York and Chicago.
This agenda is going to send mixed signals to those Islamic groups who think that Indonesia doesn't/shouldn't support USA activities in Iraq and Afghanistan or interventionist moves towards Iran. Indonesia is seen to be hand-in-glove with the Great Satan and the capitalist organisations which have profited very nicely, thank you, from recent military operations.
Presumably one of the tobacco companies to be visited is Philip Morris which earlier this year bought out the Sampoerna family from Surabaya who now own one of the world's largest online gambling companies, Mansion
, which sponsors Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, reputedly in Jewish ownership.
My research hasn't produced evidence of any of these companies being involved in the porn industry, which should please Abu Bakar Ba'asyir who'd like to see us all living under sharia law. He's quoted in the JP
today as saying,"If you ask me which one is the more dangerous, naked women or the Bali bombs, then my answer would be the women showing off their skin
Now that's a philosophical discussion I'll leave to The Reveller
although, to quote someone's quote, if I had all the money I'd spent on wine, women and song, I'd spend it all on wine, women and song. Or was it sex and drugs and rock'n'roll?
What is perhaps more relevant is that at the end of August, Chairman of the Indonesian Mujahidin Council (MI) Abu Bakar Ba`asyir ... called for a boycott of US products in protest against Israeli aggression in Lebanon and Palestine.
He won't be too pleased then with Kalla or that this week Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati was selected as Best Finance Minister in Asia, 2006, by Emerging Markets Forum. The award was given amidst the IMF and World Bank meeting in Singapore.
A friend of Mull said
: "But she's only been in office for a year.
Another friend of his said: "Soekarno once said, 'if the capitalists are praising us, then we must be doing something wrong.'
A sentiment with which Jakartass agrees, but please do note that does not make me a communist, a radical fundamentalist or any other -ist except, very occasionally, pissed.