The biggest Muslim country in the world has just banned the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, saying the militant outfit should not be allowed to spread its teachings in the archipelago.
The minister for political, legal and security affairs said that regardless of the situation in the Middle East, support from Indonesia should be in the form of humanitarian aid and diplomacy, not by sending people to fight, which would only make matters worse.
“Let’s not get influenced, and not be easily provoked to join ISIS.”
Good ole Indonesia evidently find ISIS rather despicable and with good reason.
ISIS has proven to be the ultimate scum of the Middle East, making even the Zionists in Israel seem like mere piffle.
The story goes that the Americans trained up the rebels to overthrow Bashar al-Assad of Syria, as they were reluctant to get involved after the trouble they've had with Iraq.
Training and arming these rebels turned out to be a very bad idea.
The rebel militants got round to making a mess in Syria, but they did not stop at that. They have moved on to Iraq, where they have been going around killing the minorities - the Shia, the Christians and anyone else who doesn't conform to their ideology.
It's not a small number, the people they've killed. Some say it's even gone up to 180,000 to date.
Given that Christianity started off in the Middle East, along with Judaism and Islam, there are still significant Christian populations of Arabs.
Or a more accurate word would be 'were', as thousands have fled their homes to take up refuge elsewhere, like Kirkuk and the relative religious tolerance of the Kurdish zone.
Even while fleeing, were they not spared.
The rebel militants robbed departing Christians of their belongings, leaving them to face destitution in grim camps for the displaced. They relieved the refugees of literally everything - from phones, money, jewellery, heirlooms. Everything.
Those who drove were relieved of their cars and were forced to flee on foot.
When the refugees pleaded to be allowed to keep just enough to buy food and get across, they were told that "these are the funds of the Islamic State, and we cannot give it to you."
I vaguely recall reading about the story of a little old lady who asked to be able to keep only $100 and was denied it.
This is Nazi Germany and the blitzkrieg, all over again, just this time in the Middle East instead of in Europe.
There are other minorities who are stuck between dying of dehydration and being slaughtered by the rebel militants.
I think to myself that at some point, humans must learn from their mistakes and improve their quality of life and those of others around.
That, unfortunately, is merely a pleasant notion and a far cry from reality.
The sad reality is that human beings will continue to screw things up until the end of time.