Monday, January 28, 2008


A glimpse at Hawaii's new friends, the Indonesian military killers

by Larry Geller

If you would like to see the kind of atrocity that the Indonesian military is capable of, check out the Democracy Now! program that aired this evening. It's still on the web here. You can get video, audio or read the transcript.

This is the very same Indonesian military that Gov. Linda Lingle is cozying up to and providing assistance to.

An excerpt from Amy Goodman and Allan Nairn’s award-winning documentary on the Santa Cruz massacre, in which the Indonesian military gunned down more than 270 Timorese, and the history of Indonesian and US involvement in East Timor.

JAMES BAKER: Big countries with powerful military machines should not be permitted to invade, occupy and brutalize their peaceful neighbors.

AMY GOODMAN: With these words, former Secretary of State James Baker explained why the United States was going to war against Iraq. Yet, 16 years earlier, another big country, Indonesia, invaded a much smaller one, East Timor, with the support of the United States. What followed was one of the greatest genocides of the 20th century. It is estimated that up to one-third of the Timorese population has been killed through a policy of army massacre and enforced starvation. Many of those who are left have been imprisoned and tortured by a military armed and trained by the United States.

Why should peace loving Hawaii assist the Indonesian military with helicopter repairs or anything else? We should unequivocally condemn what they have done and what they stand for and have absolutely nothing to do with them.

Where is the outrage?


The East Timor and Indonesia Action Network would like to work with anyone in Hawaii wanting to oppose this cooperation. Last April when the Hawaii National Guard was in Indonesia for a military exercise, they worked with an Indonesian General who was indicted for crimes against humanity in East Timor. see
Indicted Indonesian General Leads Joint Military Exercise with U.S.

More about the Indonesian military's brutality and crimes can be found at our website

John for ETAN 718-596-7668

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