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Letter to the Editor March 10, 2000, Friday, FINAL EDITION
Kissinger wrong choice
Indonesia's President Abdurraham Wahid has appointed former U.S.
secretary of State Henry Kissinger an adviser to Indonesia's nascent
Kissinger has a reputation for undercutting, not building, democracy
("Kissinger's new job," The World Report, News, Feb. 29).
Kissinger, in my view, has a long and notorious history of practicing
international lawlessness, such as the illegal bombing of Cambodia, and
helping subvert democratically elected government leaders, such as
Salvador Allende in Chile.
Kissinger, with President Ford, gave the green light while in Jakarta
before Indonesia launched its 1975 invasion of East Timor and kept up the
flow of U.S. weapons to Indonesia, whose troops are accused of massacring
many in East Timor.
Indonesia's Commission of Inquiry on East Timor investigated actions
only since January 1999, leading up to last year's pro-independence vote.
Kissinger says he plans an annual visit to Indonesia. When the Indonesian
government opens an investigation into East Timor, it should consider
detaining Kissinger on his next visit as a material witness, and
prosecuting him as an accomplice.
John M. Miller
East Timor Action Network
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