Sat, 11 Sep 1999

Killing fields in East Timor

Unspeakable crimes have been committed against the East Timorese on our behalf. For us, Indonesians, then, not to ratify their hard-won wish for independence is a farce. To expect the East Timorese to welcome us as masters on their soil is like expecting the Cambodian people to reward the Khmer Rouge for mercilessly butchering a third of their population -- which tragically is the case.

This is injustice of the worst order. We must not let this happen. Unless we bring the perpetrators to ground and their superiors before the court, our reputation abroad as being morally bankrupt will forever remain to haunt each and every of us.

Justice for the East Timorese. Now!