Saturday, July 18, 2009

Which Indonesia?

While Laura in Singapore avoids political commentary, her trip to West Papua, Indonesia, was cancelled this week due to security concerns. In light of recent events, I offer you some facts about Indonesia. First, its dimensions:
1) Population: 237 million, fourth largest country in the world. Big.
2) Width: 5000 km, a wide as Canada's non-maritime provinces. Chubby.
3) Religion: 86% Muslim (mostly moderate), with significant Christian and Hindu populations, the latter shown here going to temple.4) Democracy: Yes, but only since 1997.
5) Crime. How does Indonesia compare to your other potential vacation destinations?So, while this is Indonesia,so is this,and this.And many of Indonesia's 17508 islands look a lot like this.