[Marxism] Australian Troops Are Back in Timor

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
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.

full: http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/olincoln110606.html





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