Hawaii’s Lingle should break her ties with murderous Indonesian military

Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Lingle should break her ties with murderous Indonesian military

by Larry Geller

The Indonesian military is recognized for its brutality around the
world and held responsible for massacres and genocide in East Timor and
Aceh Provence. A reminder of this was part of today’s Democracy Now (10
p.m. Channel 56 if you are on Oahu):

Judge Rules Aceh Villagers Can Sue Exxon for Human Rights Abuses

A federal judge has ruled that a suit alleging human rights violations
against Exxon committed in Aceh can be heard in a US court. Eleven
villagers from Aceh say Exxon should be held liable for alleged violent
crimes by military units of the Indonesian national army hired by Exxon
to protect its facilities. According to some estimates, ExxonMobil has
extracted some $40 billion from its operations in Aceh.

This news item reminded me that although the Indonesian military should
be shunned and condemned by good people everywhere, Hawaii’s governor,
Linda Lingle, has traveled to Indonesia and cozied up to their military

In fact, she’s agreed to help them repair helicopters, which could
directly support future human rights atrocities. Earlier, I asked:

Why is Hawaii, a state, involved in high-level talks with the
Indonesian military in the first place? Shouldn’t Washington attend to
intergovernmental affairs? Has Lingle been given some sort of special
assignment unknown to the people of Hawaii? [ Is Hawaii’s governor
Lingle setting up a secret military alliance with Indonesia for Bush?,
Disappeared News, 6/11/2007]

We shouldn’t forget, in this election year, that Lingle is playing a
role in Bush’s foreign policy. We might ask why, and demand that Hawaii
not be involved in an individual’s ambitions.

Our cooperation with a hated regime may also make our islands a target
of extremists.

“We should build up cooperation between the TNI (Indonesian Armed
Forces) and the Hawaiian National Guard to beef up professionalism at
the level of soldiers and low-ranking officers on maintenance of
military equipment, such as helicopters and other equipment made by the
United States,” [Indonesian Defense Minister] Juwono [Sudarsono] said.

“In the coming months, scores of our soldiers will be sent to Hawaii to
get trainings of the maintenance which could boost the capacity of
troops,” he added. [ Indonesia, Hawaii set up military cooperation,
people.com (China)]

The rest of this article is from the archive, a re-run, so to speak,
but if you have not seen it before, read and understand why I think we
should break this cooperation even as it is underway. Perhaps the
Legislature might do something next session. It won’t, though, unless
we, the people, ask it to.



ETAN welcomes your support. For more info:

John M. Miller Internet: fbp@igc.org
National Coordinator
East Timor & Indonesia Action Network (ETAN)
PO Box 21873, Brooklyn, NY 11202-1873 USA
Phone: (718)596-7668 Mobile phone: (917)690-4391
Skype: john.m.miller
Web site: http://www.etan.org

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