President Yudhoyono is right for acknowledging Indonesia’s stance and
not apologizing for the murders, tortures and other crimes, because
there aren’t any.
The fate of Timor Leste is completely in Timor Leste’s hands. It has
played its cards as always being the poor side, always accusing
Indonesia for its suffering.
Indonesia had the backing of the United States, Australia and Europe
when it invaded Timor Leste. Well, it was not invasion. It was like
India taking over Goa in the 50’s, China taking over Tibet around the
same time or the U.S. taking over Texas, Arizona and California from
Mexico. Or say, Israel taking over Palestine. That’s just geopolitics.
Historically, Timor Leste was always part of the Indonesian
Archipelago, but divided by the two colonizers (the Dutch and the
Timor Leste was returning to the “Mother Land”. But as ungrateful as
East Timorese are, so is the support of America and Australia, which
always varies according to their political and economical needs.
Indonesia needed to be tamed, and East Timor was the perfect excuse to
Given the geopolitical and economical situation, Timor Leste was the
one to loose. Until now we have no idea how many people really died in
Timor Leste during the Indonesian invasion back in 1975. The right
number is around 20,000, but Ramos Horta has added to the number and it
has now become 200,000.
It was well used to tarnish Indonesia’s figure during the 80s and 90s,
while he was living on the help some nations provided to Timor Leste.
The militias created by the Indonesian authorities (please don’t just
say TNI) were within their right to burn what they couldn’t take with
them to their country, Indonesia.
I have spoken to many other citizens that have built their lives in
Timor Leste and who had to seek refuge forever in West Timor. Burn
their own houses and businesses too, rather than let it fall into the
hands of the ungrateful pro-Independence Timorese.
Oh, one more thing. Wasn’t the self act of determination rigged by the
UN, under pressure from the U.S.?
Come on, everywhere. Now Timor Leste, a mere nation of less than one
million people, smaller than South Jakarta, wants to intimidate the
great Indonesia Raya of 230 million? Come on, it’s like 1:230.
Politically, socially, economically Indonesia has the right. Want to
look for the culprits of 1999?
MOHAMMAD ALI, Jakarta
Finally, the report and institutional reconciliation. I hope so. Yet,
not so long ago President Horta put the blame on Indonesia for the
attempt against his life. Did he find otherwise? If so, he should be
clear about it. Once and for all this type of accusations must stop.
And now for the report. Nine years have past and we still cannot see
the truth about Timor Leste. It’s sad to see the TNI and its then chief
are still seen as bearing the greatest responsibility for the 1999
Was General Wiranto the president? Was he the coordinating minister for
security? Was he the foreign affairs minister? No. So, was there a
military dictatorship in the shadows? Did he disobey the president? Or
were there a few generals who did what they wanted to? No, again. The
Indonesian government as a whole is responsible for the terror policy
implemented. The civilian officials did all they could to put the blame
on the TNI afterwards. Is that fair? Was that what really happened?
And yet the media and the human rights activists are going for
Wiranto’s head again. Can he win elections in this situation? I doubt
it. This is not democratic, as his rights are being violated every time
someone calls him a murderer.
I believe what he said and wrote is not enough. Indeed, his story is
the story we all need to know all over the world. The one about Timor
Leste I would like to write myself. Unless he comes clean publicly, in
this next year of elections we’ll hear nothing more than the repeated
accusations against him and calls to take him to court, as, for
instance, Hendardi did.
We also hear militia men and other integrationists claiming the UN
cheated. Others even blame Portugal for it, as if my country could do
anything else than to let the people choose. And here I come to my
I believe they accepted Timor Leste as independent. They blame everyone
else but themselves and Indonesian policies during the occupation.
That’s no good at all. The institutions are trying to mend things, but
the people aren’t.
I’m not saying that the pro-independence people are saints. They laid a
lot during the 24 years and also did terrible things. Therefore, only
an International Tribunal can bring justice. Nobody wants it. Even the
United States and Australia would be implicated, because they supported
Indonesia’s occupation fully and truly.
So, let it rest. Put a full stop to this question and move ahead.
Change policies and behavior and work for the living. That’s the best
way to honor the dead on both sides.
UNMIT MEDIA MONITORING