Monday, January 28, 2008

Newsflash: Suharto Dies, Is Cast Into Lowest Pits Of Hell


Well, we can only hope so, per justice for the Indonesian people, and especially for the survivors of the East Timor victims. It's funny how being "anti-communist" could get you a pass for mass murder back in the '60s, '70s and '80s.

I won't even get into the Noam Chomsky accounts of Suharto's genocide against the Timorese, because the research would take long enough to make this an untimely post. I'll rely on the MSM. This is what The Associated Press had after the news broke:

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Former dictator Suharto, an army general who crushed Indonesia's communist movement and pushed aside the country's founding father to usher in 32 years of tough rule that saw up to a million political opponents killed, died Sunday. He was 86. ...

Suharto, who led a regime widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most brutal and corrupt, has lived a reclusive life in a comfortable villa in downtown Jakarta for the past decade. ...

Historians say up to 800,000 alleged communist sympathizers were killed during Suharto's rise to power from 1965 to 1968. His troops killed another 300,000 in military operations against independence movements in Papua, Aceh and East Timor.

Suharto's poor health had kept him from facing trial, and no one has been punished for the killings.

Corruption watchdog Transparency International has said Suharto and his family amassed billions of dollars in stolen state funds, allegations the family is fighting in court.

Suharto's successors as head of state — B.J. Habibie, Abdurrahman Wahid, Megawati Sukarnoputri and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono — vowed to end corruption that took root under Suharto, yet it remains endemic at all levels of Indonesian society.

With the court system paralyzed by corruption, the country has not confronted its bloody past. Rather than put on trial those accused of mass murder and multibillion-dollar theft, some members of the political elite consistently called for charges against Suharto to be dropped on humanitarian grounds.

It's remarkable how humane the international community can become when it's a fascist dictator who's sick and can't go to trial. There are those among us who would be dusting off the electric chair not only for Castro, but also for Hugo Chavez and even Daniel Ortega if they could.

I remember some people getting all misty-eyed about the plight of Chile's Augusto Pinochet as a decrepit ruin. Nobody running Western governments after World War II seemed interested in pursuing crimes-against-humanity charges against the European fascist dictators Franco and Salazar.

There seems to be a residual double standard for the murderers and tyrants of the extreme right wing, a holdover from the Cold War. The reasoning seems to be something like: Since Vladimir Putin isn't a communist, we prefer him over Gorbachev, no?

Killers are killers, and despots are despots. Nearly 20 years after the Cold War ended, it's time to, pun intended, bury it.

Roast well, Suharto. But first, may the worms devour your liver, con gusto.

Manifesto Joe is an underground writer living in Texas. Check out his blog at Manifesto Joe's Texas Blues.


Anonymous said...

Okay Mark. I agree with what you are saying for the most part. However it is NOT just on the right where people are given a free pass! People of all persuasions are given free passes. Were you in favour of Saddam being toppled? And with some research and effort we could mention many such as the Palestinians, or suicide bombers, or Mark Moore or Al Gore. All of these and more are given many free passes, because we don't want to mix up what they say with the truth. The Nobel prize for Al Gore, who was in a lawsuit with the teacher who taught him climatology because he turned 2- 3' into 23'? Truth is inconvenient, especially if you own a energy-wasting house like the COWBEL peace prize winner Al Gore. Do I hear that ding-a-ling sound now?

Anonymous said...

What does it take to be an "underground" writer? A shovel? Or is this a term of endearment to bring back nostalgic memories of the "underground" in World War 2 that actually were risking their lives! Many times to help Jews escape to freedom from the evil tentacles of Hitler's grasp. Is simply not showing your name, make you an "underground" writer? Wow in that case, I BE ONE!

Manifesto Joe said...

Hi, "press": Marc McDonald (note the "c" in the first name) and I are different people. We are affiliated bloggers. By the way, who is Mark Moore?

I, MJ, blog as an "underground writer" because I could actually be fired from my job for doing it under my own name. So much for the First Amendment. "Underground" is a way of describing it. When you could lose everything you've worked for, for decades, I'd say it's not overly dramatic.

BTW, ever heard of psychiatric meds? They might help you focus.

Marc McDonald said...

Hi "Press for Truth":

>>Were you in favour of Saddam
>>being toppled

This is not the correct question. The correct question is: was it right for America to invade Iraq (a sovereign nation) in defiance of the world?

Anyone who isn't a Kool-Aid drinking GOP cultist knows what the answer is: OF COURSE NOT.

Saddam had no ties to Al Qaeda, or 9/11. He had no WMDs. Iraq posed no threat to America.

In return for removing Saddam, it's important to tally the cost to America and the world:

1. One million Iraqi dead men, women, and children civilians.

2. Almost 4,000 U.S. troops dead; almost 30,000 wounded.

3. $2 trillion down the toilet.

4. The creation of a failed state, with an active Al Qaeda presence (where no Al Qaeda presence existed before, no matter what you may have heard on Fox News, or the rest of the GOP propaganda network).

5. Worldwide hatred of the U.S.

6. A huge increase in the radicalization of Islam, (as young Muslims, angered by the Iraq fiasco, are lining up to join extremist groups like Al Qaeda these days). Al Qaeda, remember, is now active in over 60 nations around the world.

7. Last but not least: the fact that, no matter what happens from this point on, America has lost its soul in its struggle against radical Islam. We went from having the world on our side right after 9/11 to being widely hated by the world today. And after the horrors of Gitmo and Abu Ghraib, we lost our moral standing in the world.