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Death of Suharto of Indonesia

Original post made by Jag Singh, Los Altos, on Jan 31, 2008

The soft soothing words of condolences by our government following the death of Suharto of Indonesia, makes a complete sham of our claim to support democracy and human rights. Suharto was a brutal dictator responsible for one of the greatest genocides of the 20th century. He and his sycophants looted billions of dollars of his country’s wealth. Our complicity in this holocaust is yet another dark chapter in our foreign policy which coddles brutal dictators by training their military and providing them with military and economic support to stifle dissent. On December 7 1975, the Indonesian army, armed and trained by our own government, massacred approximately one-third of the Timorese population, including six foreign journalists. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and President Ford were in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, toasting General Suharto the day before the invasion. The US supplied 90% of the weapons used against the Timorese. The US successfully blocked any UN action following the Security Council denouncement of the invasion and demanding the withdrawal of Indonesian troops. Subsequently, the US doubled its military aid. The public pontifications of our elected and appointed officials reek of hypocrisy. A few examples:

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 1, 2008 at 2:55 am

I agree with Jag here.


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Posted by John
a resident of another community
on Feb 1, 2008 at 5:51 am

The East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) sent off a response to the U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia's statement on the death of the dicatator Suharto. Anyone interested can read it here.

Web Link

An excerpt follows:

Your failure to acknowledge the enormous harm done to the people of Indonesia and East Timor by this dictator, and your unwillingness to admit the central role the U.S. played in empowering and encouraging this tragedy, is a travesty of history. It is a shameful view of Suharto from which we feel compelled to disassociate ourselves.


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Posted by perspective
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 1, 2008 at 10:55 am

Yup,...I want to make sure we do all we can to get rid of dictators all over the world.....


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