21 December 2001

In case you missed it…

News you may have missed: Newly declassified documents reveal that Gerald Ford and Henry Kissinger gave Indonesian dictator Suharto their explicit permission to invade and take over East Timor in 1975, after a visit there. Kissinger wrote: “We understand your problem and the need to move quickly, but I am only saying that it would be better if it were done after we returned.” [The invasion resulted in the death of 200,000 people, mostly civilians; the military regime ruled East Timor by force until a revolt in 1999 eventually led to elections being reinstated, and independence.]

Kissinger had long claimed that he did not approve of the invasion plan.

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