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The Indonesian aggression and bloodbath received critical material and diplomatic support from the United States. Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy
1From the time that Suharto took power in October 1965 to May 1998 this gentleman was ‘our kind of guy’ as the Clinton administration called him while he was massacring and torturing. Noam Chomsky, lecture MIT 22nd February 1999, ‘Foundations of World Order’
East Timor: there was a [recent] renewal of the terror and violence and massacres that have been going on for twenty-five years … Indonesia has no claim to sovereignty in East Timor. Noam Chomsky, Dorothy lecture September 1999, ‘Sovereignty and World Order’
The invasion was carried out with US arms which by treaty with Indonesia can only be used for self-defence. The United States secretly expressed the hope that the invasion would be carried out quickly … sending new arms under the cover of the embargo. ibid.
Suharto ranks right along with Saddam Hussein as one of the worst mass murderers and torturers of the latter part of the twentieth century. Noam Chomsky, lecture Merrimack College, ‘The Onslaught Against Freedom and Democracy Led by the Bush Administration Reactionaries’
The threat of democracy was not overcome until the 1965 Suharto coup and the huge slaughter that immediately followed establishing one of the most brutal regimes of the late twentieth century. There was no further concern about democracy or about awesome human rights violations and war crimes. Suharto remained ‘our kind of guy’ as the Clinton administration described him. Noam Chomsky, Failed States audio
There was a big massacre in Indonesia in 1965. It was more like about 700,000 … landless Indonesian peasants … That slaughter was greeted not only with applause by the West but with euphoria … It placed in power a gang of murderous generals … who were willing to sell the country out completely to Western corporations. Noam Chomsky, lecture BMFA 18th February 1993
1965: a military coup in Indonesia, the Suharto coup, led to an extraordinary massacre, what The New York Times called a staggering mass slaughter killed hundreds of thousands of people mostly landless peasants, destroyed the only mass political party and opened the country up to western exploitation: euphoria in the west was so enormous that it couldn’t be contained; The New York Times describing the staggering mass slaughter – it called it ‘a gleam of light in Asia’. Noam Chomsky, lecture Centre for Popular Economics 2012, ‘Who Owns the World?’ Youtube 59.02
The congressional legislation banned military training that the US was paying for, but if Indonesia pays for the military training here, presumably using funds that were given for that purpose, then that doesn’t violate the congressional legislation. So that’s the contribution to human rights’ day. Noam Chomsky, lecture Washington 1 December 1993, ‘Clinton’s Vision’
Indonesia was supposed to be in this new [post-war] world order granted a kind of nominal independence … In Indonesia there were essentially three forces: one was President Sukarno, the leader of the nationalists movement who was an independent nationalist and therefore already unacceptable, then there was a mass-based popular party – the Indonesian communist party, which was needless to say totally unacceptable, and thirdly there was the army which more or less shared US aims. Noam Chomsky, lecture MOMA 16th November 1992
The CIA began to support right-wing parties – that didn’t work. They supported an insurrection in 1957/58 – that was put down. The US then turned to a classic technique for overthrowing civilian government – one that’s used over and over again – namely, cut off any aid or assistance or support to the government but maintain, even increase, military aid. ibid.
1965 and then Suharto took over and then came this huge bloodbath … The biggest bloodbath since the holocaust. ibid.
East Timor: The silence began in December 1975 with the Indonesian invasion: from then on there’s a sharp decline in coverage – it reaches zero, zero literally in the United States and Canada, in 1978 which is the year in which the atrocities peaked, and in which in fact Jimmy Carter took some time off from his sermons about human rights to increase US aid to Indonesia because they were actually running out of arms in the war against this tiny country. ibid.
Britain stepped up its military sales to Indonesia. ibid.
Toba is an Indonesian super-volcano. It’s last eruption is described by volcanologists as mega-colossal – that’s as big as it gets. The date 74,000 years ago. Tony Robinson, Catastrophe V: Survival Earth, Channel 4 2008
On the Indonesian island of Flores archaeologists recently uncovered parts of several small skeletons. Scientists are still debating whether the bones are proof that a new species of miniature human being who once lived on the island. Unexplained Mysteries
One man masterminds the largest gold nugget scam in history. He outwitted scientists, analysts and the world’s leading investors. He turned a penny stock into a billion-dollar scam and made himself millions. Masterminds: Fool’s Gold, truTV 2004
Back in Indonesia the prospector kept uncovering more and more gold. ibid.
There was no gold. Not one ounce. ibid.
He declares that Bre-X has the largest gold deposit in the world. Having built Bre-X into a company worth $6,000,000,000 and with its stock price at nearly $300 a share it’s time for De Guzman to start cashing in. ibid.
What he doesn’t know is the Indonesian government is about to make a move to reveal his scam. ibid.
Not one investor has ever been compensated. ibid.
What I saw was that my own government was very much involved in what was going on in East Timor. We were providing most of the weaponry, helicopters, logistical support, food, uniforms, ammunition, all the expendables that the Indonesians needed. C Philip Liechty, Senior CIA Officer Indonesia 1975, televised interview
Suharto was explicitly given the green light to do what he did. ibid.
Suharto: I would like to speak to you, Mr President, about another problem. Timor ... We want your understanding if we deem it necessary to take rapid or drastic action.
Gerald Ford: We will understand and we will not press you on this issue. We understand the problem you have and the intentions you have ...
Kissinger: You appreciate that the use of US-made arms could cause problems?
The Indonesian dictatorship thought it would be better if Indonesia occupied and annexed the people and territory of East Timor. So they evolved a plan whereby they took the land and they subjected the people to a campaign of genocide. Christopher Hitchens
East Timor: The day after Kissinger left Djakarta in 1975, the Armed Forces of Indonesia employed American weapons to invade and subjugate the independent former Portuguese colony of East Timor. Isaacson gives a figure of 100,000 deaths resulting from the occupation, or one-seventh of the population, and there are good judges who put this estimate on the low side. Kissinger was furious when news of his own collusion was leaked, because as well as breaking international law the Indonesians were also violating an agreement with the United States ... Monroe Leigh ... pointed out this awkward latter fact. Kissinger snapped: ‘The Israelis when they go into Lebanon – when was the last time we protested that?’ A good question, even if it did not and does not lie especially well in his mouth. Christopher Hitchens
What happened on December 7th 1975 is one of the great evil deeds of history. Early in the morning bombs began dropping on Dili; the number of troops that invaded Dili that day almost outnumbered the entire population of the town. And for two or three weeks they just killed people. Elaine Briere, East Timor Alert Network
Why, they ask, are the Indonesians invading us? ... Why, they ask, are the Australians not helping us? ... Why, they ask, are the Portuguese not helping us? We’re still a Portuguese territory. Who, they ask, will pay for the terrible damage to our homes? Greg Shackleton, journalist murdered day after broadcast