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Indonesia - Former President Suharto is dead
AFP via translation | January 27, 2007

Posted on 01/26/2008 10:30:56 PM PST by HAL9000

via translation -

ALERT - Death of former Indonesian dictator Suharto

JAKARTA - Former President Suharto, who has held an iron fist in Indonesia for 32 years, died Sunday in Jakarta at the age of 86, announced a senior official of the police.



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: indonesia; jakarta; obituary; suharto

1 posted on 01/26/2008 10:30:59 PM PST by HAL9000
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To: HAL9000

Good riddance to bad rubbish.


2 posted on 01/26/2008 10:32:11 PM PST by jdm (A Hunter Thompson ticket would be suicide.)
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To: HAL9000

so much for his miraculous recovery


3 posted on 01/26/2008 10:33:15 PM PST by Lib-Lickers 2 (Thompson/ 08)
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To: HAL9000

Only the good die young...


4 posted on 01/26/2008 10:34:55 PM PST by Tailback
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To: HAL9000

I hadn’t realized he was still alive. He was not a pleasant character.


5 posted on 01/26/2008 10:34:59 PM PST by kb2614 (Hell hath no fury than a bureaucrat scorned)
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To: jdm

He was misery to his people


6 posted on 01/26/2008 10:37:09 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
And also the only reason Indonesia wasn't a totalitarian communist state throughout the cold war.
7 posted on 01/26/2008 10:40:19 PM PST by JasonC
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To: HAL9000

Population in hell: ??? + 1.


8 posted on 01/26/2008 11:10:21 PM PST by Anti-Hillary (Anyone but Hitlery)
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To: HAL9000

Our Top Story Tonight:

Francisco Franco is Still Dead!


9 posted on 01/26/2008 11:26:37 PM PST by Wacka
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To: JasonC

It was a totalitarian theftocracy.


10 posted on 01/26/2008 11:28:40 PM PST by spyone
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To: HAL9000

wow! The news hasn’t made it to the provinces yet.


11 posted on 01/26/2008 11:59:20 PM PST by Jemian
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To: JasonC
And also the only reason Indonesia wasn't a totalitarian communist state throughout the cold war.

To paraphrase someone whose name I've forgotten, he was a son of a bitch, but he was our son of a bitch.

12 posted on 01/27/2008 12:11:39 AM PST by ReignOfError
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To: ReignOfError

Frankly, he was a democratic despot. But he probably was better than anyone else available.


13 posted on 01/27/2008 12:27:00 AM PST by Jemian
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To: ReignOfError

Lots of folks said that about many other folks, but the earliesr might have been FDR’s Republican Secretary of State Cordell Hull regarding former dictator of the Dominican Republic Rafael Trujillo.


14 posted on 01/27/2008 12:28:25 AM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (Mike Huckabee: If Gomer Pyle and Hugo Chavez had a love child this is who it would be.)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Cordell Hull was a Democrat. He was previously a Congressman and Senator from my state of TN and represented the House district that Gore, Sr. and Jr. would later occupy.


15 posted on 01/27/2008 5:37:05 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: fieldmarshaldj
You are right, it was FDR’s Secretary of War Henry Stimson (also Teddy Roosevelt’s Secretary of War) and Frank Knox who was Secretary of the Navy, and had been GOP VP candidate in 1936, who were the Republicans in the FDR cabinet.
16 posted on 01/27/2008 5:47:31 AM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (Mike Huckabee: If Gomer Pyle and Hugo Chavez had a love child this is who it would be.)
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To: HAL9000

"OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT...PRESIDENT SUHARTO IS STILL DEAD!"

17 posted on 01/27/2008 5:50:02 AM PST by dfwgator (11+7+15=3 Heismans)
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To: jdm

When we see the alternative, we may pine for the good old days.


18 posted on 01/27/2008 5:56:23 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Being an idealist excuses nothing. Hitler was an idealist.)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

And, unfortunately, the Republican in JFK’s Cabinet was none other than Robert Strange McNamara.


19 posted on 01/27/2008 6:44:23 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: jdm; Tailback; kb2614; mylife; Anti-Hillary

Amazing how a man who was a good friend to the west and who achieved the biggest defeat over international Communism up until the fall of the Berlin Wall should be so vilified here in Free Republic.

Methinks you’re all buying into the liberal media spin a little too much.

Indonesia was the biggest jewel in the crown of Asian Communism, China was on the point of gobbling it up, yet without so much as one single US soldier having to put a boot on the ground Suharto wiped out the Communists. The third biggest Communist party in the world at that time was handed its ass on a plate by him. Frankly if the US “allies” in SE Asia at that time had been as equally resolute 55,000 young Americans would not have needlessly died in Vietnam.

It’s easy to spit on a man’s grave after he has done you such a favour but it speaks badly of American loyalty to friends in time of need for posters here to do so now.

We know he ended up being corrupt, but he brought stability and a large measure of peace and prosperity to his sprawling, disparate nation, he remained a staunch friend of the US. Probably a hell of a lot of US allies in the world today are corrupt, but that should not take away from the help he gave in a very dangerous area at a very dangerous time for the US.

RIP General Suharto


20 posted on 01/27/2008 6:56:48 AM PST by PotatoHeadMick
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To: spyone
Much better than communist tyranny. There was slaughter when he came in, but it was largely the right people and because it was needed. There wasn't after. I'm not saying give the man a parade, but he won his Vietnam war, and we didn't win ours. And losing emphatically was worse.
21 posted on 01/27/2008 8:04:07 AM PST by JasonC
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To: PotatoHeadMick
Suharto was brutal, but he made Indonesia a better place. He was no saint, but Indonesia was largely stable. He made it an Asian Tiger, like what Park Chung-hee did to South Korea.

The biggest irony of all is the biggest anti-Communist killers are communists themselves. Stalin purged many Trotskyists in the Soviet Union. In Indonesia, the so-called mass killings of millions of communists (PKI-Indonesia's Commuist Party) in 1965 was carried out by communists themselves to cover up their own communism, especially in Bali.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Indonesia
22 posted on 01/27/2008 12:42:20 PM PST by Ptarmigan (Bunnies=Sodomites)
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To: JasonC

True. Communism has killed a lot more.


23 posted on 01/27/2008 12:42:46 PM PST by Ptarmigan (Bunnies=Sodomites)
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To: PotatoHeadMick

Hardly a good man, and I hope the tyrant Suharto rots in wherever dark place he is now. I had Christian relatives in Indonesia who were persecuted for simply dissenting with his government, and so I’d hardly call him a hero. I still have friends here (now US citizens) who are afraid to speak his name. The man was an Islamic despot who, along with his family, made people disappear if they so much as raised a finger in protest to his rule. Defeated Communism? To some extent, but (like many countries) he replaced it with a tyranny of his own. He kept a vast majority of the Indonesian population poor beyond belief, while he and his friends hoarded the riches accumulated through cronyism, nepotism, and exploitation. All made possible under his iron dictatorship. Hardly the mark of a benevolent ruler. Thank God for the USA, which maintains checks and balances to ensure such treacherous rule doesn’t hit our shores. We tend to take such freedoms for granted.

I was in Java in 1976, the early 80s and 96-to-early-98 — during which time people were TERRIFIED to even mention his name. Completely oppressive, militant rule. Go to Jakarta now and talk to some of the people there; most are still obscenely poor but now enjoy the gift of free speech. Speak with any missionary or expatriate who’s been there for a while and you’ll get the same observation. The horrific treatment of Indonesia’s native peoples in remote areas like Aceh or East Timor were not tall tales. As a conservative myself, I’d hardly call any of it liberal media spin.

I guess we can agree to disagree here on the supposed “stellar” character of Suharto. Sure, he was friendly with the US (in exchange for huge benefits of course), but he was quite the monster to his own people. From outside looking in, it’s an easy thing to miss. Just look at what’s going on in China...


24 posted on 01/28/2008 1:05:05 AM PST by blindsided
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To: blindsided

“The man was an Islamic despot”

Nonsense.

I live in Jakarta.


25 posted on 01/28/2008 7:48:42 AM PST by PotatoHeadMick
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To: PotatoHeadMick

Because his oppressive rule didn’t affect you directly, the facts confirming his dictator-like rule are no longer valid. Wish I lived in the fantasy world you do, friend. Dealt with him and his horrid children, have you? Lovely.


26 posted on 01/28/2008 1:50:53 PM PST by blindsided
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To: HAL9000

He was dead in yesterday’s threads, too.


27 posted on 01/28/2008 1:52:45 PM PST by RightWhale (oil--the world currency)
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To: blindsided

I didn’t say he wasn’t a dictator, I said your assertion that he was an Islamist dictator is nonsense because it is nonsense, try not to make nonsensical statements and people won’t point out you’re talking nonsense.


28 posted on 01/28/2008 3:57:05 PM PST by PotatoHeadMick
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To: PotatoHeadMick

Ah, fair enough, with the emphasis on “Islamic.” True, he wasn’t really a real follower of the Islamic faith. Most believed (correctly) he affiliated himself with the religion to assert control over the populous. Good catch.


29 posted on 01/29/2008 8:54:17 AM PST by blindsided
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