ASIET Statement on US War Drive and Racism: Stop the War Against the Third World
Oppose war and racism!
End the war on the Third World!
Two of the greatest acts of terrorism in the 20th century: East Timor and Indonesia
For more than a decade hundreds of members of Action in Solidarity with Indonesia and East Timor (ASIET) have stood in solidarity with the peoples of East Timor and Indonesia that faced war and repression from the US and Australian backed army of the dictator General Suharto. In East Timor 200,000 people, or one third of the population died, as a result of the war against the East Timorese people by General Suharto’s army. General Suharto attacked East Timor one day after US President Gerald Ford and US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger visited Jakarta and gave the go ahead. The Australian government followed suit, providing war equipment and training for the slaughter. Both Liberal-National and ALP governments supported Suharto’s mass slaughter in East Timor. The British government and companies also supplied much of the weapons and planes.
In 1965 in Indonesia, the US helped organise
the mass slaughter of more than ONE MILLION workers, peasants, students
and women’s activists who were trying to free Indonesia from the exploitative
grip of the West. The 1965 mass slaughter in Indonesia was one of the GREATEST
ACTS OF TERROR of the twentieth century. Guilt ridden operatives of the
US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have admitted US involvement. The
Australian Liberal-National government of the day, backed by the Australian
media, trumpeted that the slaughter was the best thing that had happened
in Asia for decades. That time the US jihad was not against Moslems but
“communists”, i.e., people who were fighting for their independence from
the United States economic empire.
The hypocrisy of George W. Bush, John Howard and Kim Beazley
On September 11 in New York a group of suicide terrorists committed a barbaric crime of hate murdering more than 7,000 innocent people. That same day, George W Bush and his friends began their inhuman and cynical strategy of turning this tragedy into a war. They call it the “war against terrorism”. But we don’t believe that the US government and the forces it represents, the super wealthy white elite of the US, care less about ending terrorism. They have never done anything about it in the past and even today, they don’t even bother asking the question: why? Or what are the causes of the recent attacks?
In any case, their hypocrisy is mind boggling,
as is that of the bleating mimics of US warmongering, John Howard and Kim
Beazley. One million slaughtered in Indonesia: the best thing that had
ever happened in Asia! 200,000 dead in East Timor: Suharto was developing
East Timor! The hypocrites! Their tears for the dead in New York and Washington
are crocodile tears!
War against the Third World
The US, British and Australian governments are cynically trying to manipulate the shock and horror of the working people of the US to create an atmosphere where they can go on the offensive against the people of the Third World as a whole. They want to break the growing sense of solidarity between young people, students and workers, in the rich countries of the world and the hundreds of millions living in sub-human conditions in the Third World. The massive anti-neoliberal globalisation demonstrations in Seattle, Washington, Prague, Genoa and Melbourne were demanding the cancellation of the Third World debts and the abolition of the machines of economic war against the Third World: the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
Bush, Blair and Howard want to turn the
people of the US, UK and Australia against the people of the Third World.
They are starting with the Arab and Moslem peoples. But they will not end
there. If they succeed with their racist propaganda to convince the masses
of people in the West that people who look different, have a different
cultural heritage, and come from poor, i.e. exploited, countries are automatically
terrorists and should be suppressed, then in the end the whole of the Third
World will be targeted.
While the eyes of the peoples of the world are glued to the scenes of mayhem in New York, the Isreali war machine has gone into a higher gear turning many parts of Palestine into big prison camps. More deaths, more wounded, more injustice and more crimes against freedom. The Israeli war machine could not operate effectively without the material and financial support of the US government. If George W Bush lives up to his warmongering hype, soon the peoples of Afghanistan or Sudan or Libya or Syria or Iraq may also suffer the destructive vindictiveness of the US war machine.
The activists of ASIET have stood in solidarity with the people of Indonesia and East Timor against the US and Australian backed army of the dictator General Suharto. ASIET still stands in solidarity with the Indonesian, Acehnese and East Timroese people while they struggle to end the political power of that vicious army, still armed and trained by the US and Australia.
ASIET now stands in solidarity with the
people of Palestina and the middle east.
Solidarity, not racism.
We see the rich and powerful gather together to plan and create the world we have today, in summit after summit: IMF meetings, World Bank conferences, WTO meetings, CHOGM summits, G8, G7 and so on. They have created a world where three quarters of humanity live in subhuman conditions. Where hundreds of millions of people face starvation daily, die in the tens of thousands of preventable diseases, live without running water or decent sanitation, with no schooling. Moreoevr they live with NO HOPE because the rich, white owners and power wielders of the world have saddled these peoples with such massive debt that they are doomed to be debt slaves for all eternity.
With such misery imposed on billions of people no wonder there are 23 million refugges from the Third World seeking a safe haven. And the same rich white elites in the rich countries whip up racist hysteria against refugees seeking haven from the very misery that economic war machines of the rich have created.
On top of all this economic misery, the US meddles to create wars, impose blockades - another layer of suffering. U.S. policy may soon bring civil war to Pakistan as it forces that society to host the US war machine.
The Bushes and Howards of the world want to convince us that only white people deserve to live in human conditions. Non-whites who want the same conditions are “queue jumpers”. Wait your turn for prosperity, says Hiward and Ruddock as well as the IMF and World Bank, even if it is for eternity!
No! We say the peoples of the rich, industrialised countries have to reject every racist act or statement; fight every attempt to use war against the peoples of the Third World. We must work even harder to build the strongest links with the struggling people of the Third World, in the middle east and here in Australian imperialism’s “own backyard”, the Asia Pacific.
No US retaliation! No Australian support
for US wars!
Reject all racism!
Solidarity with the peoples of the Asia Pacific and Third World!
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with the Indonesia and East Timor (ASIET)
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in Solidarity with Indonesia and East Timor Updated Sep
ASIET is a DSP-inspired Australian solidarity organisation which aims to educate and inform the Australian community about the continuing fight for democracy in Indonesia and the East Timorese people's struggle to rebuild their country. ASIET also supports the struggles for self-determination in Aceh and West Papua. ASIET aims to place maximum pressure on governments to adopt a pro-people foreign policy by organising activities including marches and protests, national petition campaigns, film showings, public meetings, etc.
ASIET established Indonesia - East Timor Campaign Watch in early 2000, and has published findings every 4 months since then.
P.O. Box 458, Broadway 2007, Australia Phone: 02-96901230
Emails: firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com Homepage: http://www.asiet.org.au
East Timor info on the ASIET site is added daily.
BD: The Current World Crisis - A collection of statements on the recent terrorist attacks in the US and the subsequent 'war on terrorism'