Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, leader of the most populous Muslim-majority country in the world that has long struggled with Islamist terrorism, condemned the actions of the Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, and said the militant group is “embarrassing” and “humiliating” Muslims.
The 64-year-old president's comments came a day after ISIS released a video showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, who went missing in November 2012 in northwestern Syria. Yudhoyono reportedly said that he was shocked by the violence perpetrated by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, where thousands have lost their lives, and, according to The Australian, Yudhoyono declared that the Islamic State's actions are “becoming out of control” after viewing the video.
“We do not tolerate it, we forbid ISIS in Indonesia," Yudhoyono told The Australian in an interview in the capital city of Jakarta. "Indonesia is not an Islamic state. We respect all religions.
“This is a new wake-up call to international leaders all over the world, including Islamic leaders," he reportedly said. "All leaders must review how to combat extremism. Changing paradigms on both sides are needed -- how the West perceives Islam and how Islam perceives the West."
He also reportedly said that he had ordered local police and other agencies to fight the security dangers posed by Islamic State in Indonesia.
"The philosophy of ISIS stands against the fundamental values we embrace in Indonesia. Last Friday, in my state of the union address to the nation, I called on all Indonesians to reject ISIS and to stop the spread of its radical ideology,” Yudhoyono reportedly said.
“My government and security agencies have taken decisive steps to curtail the spread of ISIS in Indonesia, including by prohibiting Indonesians to join ISIS or to fight for ISIS, and also by blocking Internet sites that promote this idea.”