Our backyard is special

Australia endorsed Suharto’s 1975 East Timor invasion. Death toll: between 90,800 and 202,600.

Above: Gareth Evans and Indonesian Foreign Minister Ali Alatas sign the Timor Gap Treaty, 1989.
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15 Responses to Our backyard is special

  1. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Bush snr’s ambassador gave a certain Mr Hussein encouragement.
    Joe recently said minor incursions were understandable.
    Seems to be a common occurrence, this does.

  2. David Archibald says:

    Gough Whitlam in their Townsville meeting. Gough is our biggest killer to date.

  3. Tel says:

    Gough Whitlam in their Townsville meeting.

    Even before that … the “incident” of 65.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesian_mass_killings_of_1965%E2%80%9366

    Death toll: at least half a million. Not exactly endorsed by Australia but we sat on our hands and pretended it never happened.

  4. Petros says:

    Gareth Evans and Ali Alatas OA toasting the division of the spoils in an aeroplane. Ah good times. Worthwhile showing left wing idiots that photo.

  5. Petros says:

    Wow. Thanks CL.

  6. Not Trampis says:

    What does the photo have to do with the timor invasion. An invasion that was exacerbated by Fraser’s comments ( which were like CLs ) inaccurate at the time.

  7. C.L. says:

    What does the photo have to do with the timor invasion.

    If you need an explanation of that, Homer, you’re in a Joe Biden-like mental decline.

    Please post the “comments” of Malcolm Fraser that “exacerbated” Operation Lotus.

    The same foreign policy intelligentsia now pretending to care about Ukraine fully endorsed a genocidal invasion that killed a quarter of a million people. Putin has nothing on the Jakarta Lobby. He hasn’t even killed any ABC journalists.

  8. Boambee John says:

    Non Mentis continues his unbroken record of unsubstantiated assertions. Will he manage to come up with some evidence this time? Wait for the next exciting episode!

  9. Not Trampis says:

    so you have no reasons you can spell out.
    Fraser claimed those wanting independence in east timor were communists.
    That was a great pretext for Indonesia to invade.

  10. Lee says:

    Fraser claimed those wanting independence in east timor were communists.
    That was a great pretext for Indonesia to invade.

    I hold no brief for Malcolm Fraser, but Indonesia invaded because of what he said?
    Pure fantasyland stuff.
    LOL

  11. C.L. says:

    Fraser claimed those wanting independence in east timor were communists.

    So you’re saying Australia welcomed an invasion based on a lie?

    Is this supposed to be a rebuttal?

  12. Morsie says:

    Had a friend now deceased who worked all throughout Indonesia.
    He told me that the reason that the Indons were so pissed off about losing East Timor was that the whole country was run as a profitable business by sections of teh military.

  13. jupes says:

    Fraser claimed those wanting independence in east timor were communists.

    They were communist. So what? The invasion of East Timor had nothing to do with Malcolm Fraser. East Timor was a Portuguese colony and as such, was a neglected shit-hole. Portugal left the place after a short, three-way civil war which saw communist Fretilin victorious. Indonesia saw an opportunity and invaded shortly after. Too bad for the East Timorese that they were such brutal tyrants.

  14. Boambee John says:

    NonMentis

    so you have no reasons you can spell out.
    Fraser claimed those wanting independence in east timor were communists.
    That was a great pretext for Indonesia to invade.

    Wasn’t there a meeting (in Townsville?) between Whitlam and Suharto which has been connected with the December 1975 invasion?

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