Friday, March 19, 2010

Indonesia & Obama

U.S President Barack Obama, spent four years of his childhood, 1967-1971, living with his American mother and Indonesian step father in Jakarta, Indonesia.

This fact has made many Indonesians become over confident that Obama will be a very good friend of Indonesia.

From some of his speeches and books, Obama implied that he would be friendlier toward Indonesia than other US presidents. Because he realized that Indonesia is the world's largest Moslem country and third largest democracy, with a steady economic growth.  Moreover, our government adopted a constant friendly policy toward the US and its allies, and made very serious and successful efforts to eliminate terrorists.

However, I doubt that Obama will be our very good friend, because as a U.S President he has lots of things to think about and take care of in his own country. He also has to prioritize U.S allies like Great Britain, Germany, Japan, Australia, etc.

Besides, our country's non-align foreign policy, and existence few but vocal radicals who protested Obama's plan to visit Indonesia next June, would prevent Obama from becoming our very good friend.

In this era of globalization, Indonesia needs supports from other countries to develop successfully. Therefore I hope that our people, especially the government and the parliament, would maintain a positive attitude toward Obama. In the sense that we treat him like any other presidents of other friendly countries, but do not be overconfident that he will a very good friend.

12 comments:

colson said...

Your article is about a copy of my opinion: though Obama is a modern president with a touch of intellectualism and vision (the opposite of his predecessor), he is and will remain the American president - and 100% aiming at the interests of the US in foreign policies.

One thing is different though: the US alsways looked East ( GB, Europe), but Obama looks West ( China, South East Asia). So I guess Indonesia will benefit.

senja said...

aduh,...in English nih ^^

met siang pak, makasih ya untuk kmntr nya di blog sederhana ku.
salam kenal...dan ijin follow ya....

H. Nizam said...

@Colson,
I am very glad that we share the same opinion about Obama and his policy toward Indonesia.
Hopefully Indonesia will benefit.



@Senja,
Terima kasih atas kunjungan anda dan follow blog saya.
Saya juga sudah follow blog anda yang keren.

NURA said...

salam sobat
kunjungan pertama,,
membaca artikel mantap.
saya jadi tahu Indonesia dan Obama.

H. Nizam said...

Nura,
Terima kasih atas kunjungan anda, semoga anda senang.

secangkir teh dan sekerat roti said...

indonesia obama.. sesuatu yang cukup berbeda tapi disam samakan :)

H. Nizam said...

Secangkir Teh dan sekerat kopi,
Saya setuju dengan anda teman.
Terima kasih atas kunjungan dan komentarnya.

buditech said...

I think Obama will be coming this month, they only cheat the terrorist so they can safely come to Indonesia

H. Nizam said...

Buditech,
I like to think like you do, but today it's already 20 March that means March will be 11 days more.
So I think Obama will not come this month but next June.

Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

There will always be a soft spot in his heart for Indonesia, I'm sure. Yes, he's a modern president and more intelligent and worldly than his predecessor, George Bush JNR - a dipstick in my opinopn!

Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

Sorry for the typo!!

H. Nizam said...

@Peter/Kiwi,
Yes I also think that there will be a bit of Indonesia in his heart.