I learn that Suharto, former genocidal dictator of Indonesia
In real international news, I learn that Suharto, former genocidal dictator of Indonesia, has finally kicked the bucket. Suharto originally came to power with the backing of the US government, who trusted him to “deal with” the Communist Party of Indonesia, at that time the largest outside the Stalinist bloc. He did this by indiscriminately slaughtering more than 600,000 people, many of them in no way connected to the Communist Party (as if that made a difference). Hundreds of thousands more murders followed in West Papua, East Timor and Aceh. Although he was overthrown in 1998, neither he nor his grotesquely corrupt (and consequently extremely rich) family have been brought to justice. This impunity, again, involves the collusion of the Western powers.
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