Another quiet shift

FromJeff Norris via Chrenkoff come this recent poll from Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country:
For the first time ever in a major Muslim nation, more people favor US-led efforts to fight terrorism than oppose them (40% to 36%). Importantly, those who oppose US efforts against terrorism have declined by half, from 72% in 2003 to just 36% today.

For the first time ever in a Muslim nation since 9/11, support for Osama Bin Laden has dropped significantly (58% favorable to just 23%).

65% of Indonesians now are more favorable to the United States because of the American response to the tsunami, with the highest percentage among people under 30.

Indeed, 71% of the people who express confidence in Bin Laden are now more favorable to the United States because of American aid to tsunami victims.

And with greater historical trend analysis from the Washington TImes. Interesting times. I do not believe enough attention has been paid to the far east and will attempt to post more about this region. After all, the US is and should be building stronger alliances with the East Asian nations.

Along that line is this post from Belmont Club regarding China's rising need for oil, thus thrusting them onto the global geoplotical stage.

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