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posted 07 December 2001 04:35 PM      Profile for MJ     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
What do these things have in common?


Article Excerpts:

At the time of the 1975 invasion, the United States supplied as much as 90 percent of Indonesia's weapons on condition that they be used only for defense and internal security.

Ford and Kissinger appear to have gone to considerable lengths to assure Suharto, a staunch anti-communist, that they would not oppose the invasion.

The private National Security Archive, a Washington-based research group that obtained the document under the Freedom of Information Act, said it showed that Kissinger's concern was not that U.S. weapons would be used offensively -- hence illegally -- but about how he might manipulate public opinion.

The 1975 invasion of East Timor left perhaps 200,000 dead.

The full document from the private National Security Archive

[ December 07, 2001: Message edited by: MJ ]

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