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"Indonesia and East Timor are prime examples of how Western foreign policy actually systematically results in the violation of human rights, the support of terror, the creation of conflict and the sabotage of peace. Policy, it seems, is formulated primarily on the basis of achieving regional strategic and economic interests, with humanitarian principles being systematically sidelined. In this context, we must view Western claims to be harbingers of humanitarianism, leading a genuine war against terrorism, with much skepticism." Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
See also:

BD: The Current World Crisis & East Timor
BD: Military and political aid to Indonesia
BD: War Crimes & Crimes Against Humanity
BD: FRETILIN - Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor

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Indonesia, East Timor and The Western Powers

A Case Study of
The Role of Western Foreign Policy in
Conflict Creation and Peace Sabotage
 

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In the wake of the 11th September 2001 attacks on the United States, the formation of an international coalition against terrorism under American leadership has been based on the conventional premise that Western civilisation has some sort of superior moral status within world order which permits it to be the principal initiator of a war on terror. The idea that the Western powers may have a systematic role in perpetrating terror, undermining democracy and promoting human rights abuses around the world to secure their strategic and economic interests poses a severe challenge to the notion that the West can play a meaningful role in combating terror.  Indeed, if established, it demonstrates that the same powers who have no qualms about perpetrating terror and repression in the name of their interests, are hardly going to be key opponents of terrorism.

This paper analyses the developments of Western foreign policy towards Indonesia and East Timor in the post-World War II period with the aim of examining the degree to which Western foreign policy is genuinely formulated with the intent to promote human rights, conflict resolution and world peace, and thus put an end to terrorism. Indeed, Indonesia and East Timor are prime examples of how Western foreign policy actually systematically results in the violation of human rights, the support of terror, the creation of conflict and the sabotage of peace. Policy, it seems, is formulated primarily on the basis of achieving regional strategic and economic interests, with humanitarian principles being systematically sidelined. In this context, we must view Western claims to be harbingers of humanitarianism, leading a genuine war against terrorism, with much skepticism.

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Indonesia, East Timor and The Western Powers

A Case Study of The Role of Western Foreign Policy in Conflict Creation and Peace Sabotage

by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed is a political analyst and human rights activist based in London. He is Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Development and a Researcher at the Islamic Human Rights Commission.


Contents and Introduction:

Contents

I. The Crusade in Indonesia
I.I    Sweeping Indonesia Clean
I.II   The Installation of Suharto
II. Annexing East Timor
II.I   The Balibo Declaration and Other Political Frauds
II.II   Explicit Western Approval of Indonesia’s Invasion
II.III  Impact of the Invasion and the Ensuing Conflict
II.IV The Arms Ban and the Escalation of Genocide
II.V  Diplomatic and Financial Perpetuation of the Conflict
III. Western Humanitarian Intervention
III.I   The Referendum
III.II  The Escalation of Atrocities With Western Support
III.III  Belated UN Intervention
III.IV Western Interests In Indonesia and East Timor
III.V  The Real Agenda for Intervention


Introduction

In the wake of the 11th September 2001 attacks on the United States, the formation of an international coalition against terrorism under American leadership has been based on the conventional premise that Western civilisation has some sort of superior moral status within world order which permits it to be the principal initiator of a war on terror. The idea that the Western powers may have a systematic role in perpetrating terror, undermining democracy and promoting human rights abuses around the world to secure their strategic and economic interests poses a severe challenge to the notion that the West can play a meaningful role in combating terror.  Indeed, if established, it demonstrates that the same powers who have no qualms about perpetrating terror and repression in the name of their interests, are hardly going to be key opponents of terrorism.

This paper analyses the developments of Western foreign policy towards Indonesia and East Timor in the post-World War II period with the aim of examining the degree to which Western foreign policy is genuinely formulated with the intent to promote human rights, conflict resolution and world peace, and thus put an end to terrorism. Indeed, Indonesia and East Timor are prime examples of how Western foreign policy actually systematically results in the violation of human rights, the support of terror, the creation of conflict and the sabotage of peace. Policy, it seems, is formulated primarily on the basis of achieving regional strategic and economic interests, with humanitarian principles being systematically sidelined. In this context, we must view Western claims to be harbingers of humanitarianism, leading a genuine war against terrorism, with much skepticism.


See also:

BD: The Current World Crisis & East Timor - A collection of statements on the recent terrorist attacks in the US and the subsequent 'war on terrorism'

BD: Military and political aid to Indonesia - A collection of recent reports, articles and news

BD: War Crimes & Crimes Against Humanity - A collection of recent press releases, petitions, articles and news

BD: FRETILIN - Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor / Frente Revolucionaria do Timor Leste Independente - A collection of recent speeches, documents, statements, news and reports

BD: TIMOR OIL - A collection of recent reports, position statements, petitions, articles and news

BD: Financing Reconstruction in East Timor / Fundu Ba Rekonstrusaun Timor Loro Sa’e / Bantu uang: Rékonstruksi - A collection of recent reports and articles

BD: UN appointed, East Timorese, Second Transitional Government of East Timor / Pemerintahan Transisi Kedua Timor-Timur - A collection of recent media releases, reports, articles and news

BD: Constitutional Process / Konsulta iha Konstituisaun - A collection of recent media releases, reports, articles and news


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