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  • Dig in to save Timor (incl. the value of the US alliance)

    05/27/2006 4:54:10 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies · 413+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 27th May 2006 | Greg Sheridan
    THE tragedy of East Timor would make the angels weep. Just as it was the Timorese civil war that in 1975 precipitated Indonesian military intervention, with all of its dolorous consequences, so it is civil conflict today that has precipitated Australian military intervention. The two interventions cannot be compared, of course. Hopefully, Australia's will be short and relatively non-violent. And no one in Australia wants to incorporate East Timor. But it is time to speak bluntly. The situation in East Timor is much worse than even most analysts and commentators realise. The savage killings and lawlessness of the past few...
  • Aussies brave gunfire

    05/27/2006 4:47:25 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies · 293+ views
    Sunday Herald Sun ^ | 28th May 2006 | Ian McPhedran and Bob Taylor
    AUSTRALIAN troops came under fire in East Timor yesterday as they faced down armed thugs and rescued women, children and wounded civilians. Late yesterday they stopped machete-wielding mobs charging a hotel in the capital, Dili, where Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri was about to hold a news conference. The troops, who had to call in reinforcements, disarmed gangs carrying machetes, knives, spiked poles, slingshots and arrows. No one was hurt. The Australians took control without firing a shot. Earlier, troops appeared overwhelmed before reinforcements, backed by armoured personnel carriers, moved quickly into Dili's smoke-filled streets. The street fighting was the worst...
  • Back for good (Australia in East Timor)

    05/27/2006 4:42:20 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 393+ views
    The Weekend Australian | 27th May 2006 | Paul Kelly and Patrick Walters
    THIS week Australia assumed responsibility for a new state: the poor, unstable and violent nation of East Timor. Our 1300-strong troop intervention has been triggered by the failure of East Timor's political system, a crisis within its armed forces, an internal ethnic rift between east and west regions and the combination of an inept Prime Minister, Mari Alkatiri, and an immobilised President, Xanana Gusmao, who cannot work together but who have made a joint appeal for Australian help. This is Australia's largest ground force intervention since the 1999 Interfet operation, the international force authorised by the UN Security Council that...
  • Ragged chorus flies Timor's tattered flag (touches on Iraq etc)

    05/30/2006 9:02:39 PM PDT · by Fair Go · 3 replies · 674+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 30 May 2006 | Piers Akerman
    THE kumbaya crowd which pressed for East Timor's independence must shoulder much of the blame for the failure of its dysfunctional Government. But while the collective of liberation theologists and civil rights lawyers cheered Fretilin's Portugese-educated Marxist guerrilla leaders, the same candle-wavers protested against the toppling of the mass murdering Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein. Yet East Timor, with a population estimated at about one million, whose independence was internationally recognised on May 20, 2002, is now arguably in proportionately worse shape than Iraq, population 26 million, where the first election under its new constitution took place just last December. The...
  • East Timor PM Calls Continuing Violence in the Capital a Coup Attempt

    05/27/2006 7:24:03 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 93+ views
    FOX News/AP ^ | May 27, 2006
    East Timor PM Calls Continuing Violence in the Capital a Coup Attempt May 27, 2006 DILI, East Timor — East Timor's capital descended into chaos Saturday as rival gangs attacked each other with machetes and spears and set houses aflame, defying international peacekeepers patrolling in armed vehicles and combat helicopters. The prime minister said a coup attempt was under way. "What is in motion is an attempt to stage a coup d'etat," Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri told a news conference, as fires raged across the city and thousands of residents fled or hid, terrified, in their homes. Minutes before he...