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:
PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH: “We pride ourselves, and I think properly so, in standing up for human rights.”
RICHARD BOUCHER: “Military assistance programs expose the trainees to democratic ideas and humanitarian standards.”
JAMES BAKER: “Big countries with powerful military machines should not be permitted to invade, occupy and brutalize their peaceful neighbors.
Richard Holbrooke was the State Department officer in charge of East Asia when Indonesia invaded East Timor in 1975.”
Richard Holbrooke, was the State Department official in charge of East Asia when at the Indonesia invaded East Timor. He is currently foreign policy advisor to the Clinton campaign. These public officials who have brought shame and dishonor to our great nation are rarely ever held responsible for their dark deeds.