Saturday, December 24, 2005

Suharto's Fall

Richard Lloyd-Parry has written about Indonesia during Suharto's fall,13673,501050613-1069138,00.html


Lloyd-Parry seems to miss out the essentials.

It was the CIA which toppled Suharto.

In Indonesia, in 1998, students were 'disappeared'.

Journalist Allan Nairn wrote:

"General Prabowo's units that participated in the disappearances - particularly Kopassus Group 4, ...were, from the start of the abductions, in close and friendly liaison with U.S. intelligence. Reached at his Jakarta home the night after Prabowo was replaced, Colonel Chaiwaran, the Group 4 commander, confirmed to me that he deals with Col. Charles McFetridge, the Defense Intelligence Agency (D.I.A.) attache at the U.S. Embassy, with whom, he said, he speaks in Indonesian... ABRI people say he has said that Group 4's men have been trained by U.S. intelligence, a claim that U.S. officials privately confirm."

The events of May 1998 were organised by the US-trained military.

In East Jakarta, a security officer reported that Kopassus officers organised the burning of a bank; a taxi driver reported someone in a military helicopter encouraging people on the ground to loot shops in South Jakarta; shop-owners at a Plaza in West Jakarta said that prior to the riots, the military tried to collect millions of rupiahs in protection money; a teenager reported that the military had trained him as a protester along with thousands of others; a street child said that Kopassus officers gave him money and ordered him to become a rioter; one report spoke of soldiers being dressed up as students and taking part in rioting; eyewitnesses spoke of muscular men with short haircuts arriving in military-style trucks and directing attacks; there were reports of children being encouraged to enter malls and then of the malls being set on fire; the people who gang-raped and murdered little Chinese girls were reported to be muscular men with short haircuts.

Lloyd-Parry's book is worth reading as a description of what appeared to be happening. But if you want to learn about what really happened, you have to look elsewhere.



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