[Marxism] Australian Troops Are Back in Timor
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Sun Jun 11 07:29:21 MDT 2006
Australian Troops Are Back in Timor
by Tom O'Lincoln
Australian troops are back in Timor. But this time, their imperialist
agenda is a lot more obvious.
In 1999, the people of East Timor voted for independence from
Indonesia. The Indonesian military and its puppet militias retaliated by
wrecking the place and killing over 1,000 people. Australian Prime
Minister John Howard then sent in troops to seize the territory. They
presented themselves as liberators.
But the Timorese soon learned that Canberra was concerned entirely with its
own interests. These boiled down to restoring stability -- to restore
business confidence -- and grabbing a bigger share of the oil and gas in
the Timor Sea.
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