the economy of terror
December 28, 2003 1:50 PM   Subscribe

What an eye-opener, tfylm! Thanks for the stark reminder, lest we forget. Timor-Lorosae's struggle was epic but, thanks to the extraordinary courage of its people and leadership and the belated but outstanding international support it received, it's still the most inspiring example I've seen in my lifetime.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 7:21 PM on December 28, 2003

tfylm - I second that, and note : the world beyond Iraq! - East Timor, Rwanda, Columbia, Burma, Guatemala.........
posted by troutfishing at 8:06 PM on December 28, 2003

Columbia, SC could definitely benefit from some invading, but I think you're referring to Colombia.
posted by alumshubby at 8:13 PM on December 28, 2003

Ford, Kissinger and the Indonesian invasion of East Timor.

'The Indonesian invasion of East Timor in December 1975 set the stage for the long, bloody, and disastrous occupation of the territory that ended only after an international peacekeeping force was introduced in 1999. President Bill Clinton cut off military aid to Indonesia in September 1999—reversing a longstanding policy of military cooperation—but questions persist about U.S. responsibility for the 1975 invasion; in particular, the degree to which Washington actually condoned or supported the bloody military offensive. Most recently, journalist Christopher Hitchens raised questions about the role of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in giving a green light to the invasion that has left perhaps 200,000 dead in the years since. Two newly declassified documents from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, released to the National Security Archive, shed light on the Ford administration’s relationship with President Suharto of Indonesia during 1975. Of special importance is the record of Ford’s and Kissinger’s meeting with Suharto in early December 1975. The document shows that Suharto began the invasion knowing that he had the full approval of the White House. Both of these documents had been released in heavily excised form some years ago, but with Suharto now out of power, and following the collapse of Indonesian control over East Timor, the situation has changed enough that both documents have been released in their entirety. '

'Other documents found among State Department records at the National Archives elucidate the inner workings of U.S. policy toward the Indonesian crisis during 1975 and 1976. Besides confirming that Henry Kissinger and top advisers expected an eventual Indonesian takeover of East Timor, archival material shows that the Secretary of State fully understood that the invasion of East Timor involved the "illegal" use of U.S.-supplied military equipment because it was not used in self-defense as required by law. '

(State sponsorship of terrorism?)
posted by plep at 10:51 PM on December 28, 2003

Most terrorism is state-sponsored. Terrorism against civilians (as opposed to true paramilitary attacks against the state) only benefits the leadership of the country against which it is perpetuated.
posted by Eloquence at 2:05 PM on December 29, 2003

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