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Marcus Gee's Confusion

By Ulli Diemer



Letter to the Editor, The Globe and Mail

Re: Stepping into the Balkan mess a perilous precedent for NATO

Marcus Gee is off base in citing East Timor as an example of a civil conflict in which the Western powers failed to intervene.

First of all, Indonesia's attack on East Timor was in no way a civil war. It was an invasion, an act of military aggression across an international border, comparable to Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

Further, Gee is completely wrong in suggesting that the United States and its allies failed to intervene when Indonesia invaded East Timor. On the contrary, the United States intervened massively -- on the side of Indonesia. The U.S. supplied the bulk of the weaponry used by the Indonesian military, even expediting additional shipments of ammunition and weapons to help crush the unexpectedly vigorous East Timorese resistance. Throughout, the U.S. provided diplomatic cover at the United Nations and elsewhere to protect the Suharto dictatorship from international sanctions.

Ulli Diemer
March 26, 1999

 


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