Former Indonesian President Suharto, one word, like Sting or
I don’t want to spend too much time on Suharto, suffice it to say he was one of many incredibly vicious and incredibly corrupt US-backed dictators around the world that came to power via violence (not to be confused with Via Violenta) and maintained power through even more violence, all the while accumulating riches beyond the dreams of gods and pharaohs and pharaohs of gods . I imagine his wiki entry, which i need not link, provides the basic outline and a tidy survey of what he was up to. But what’s more interesting, and soul-crushingly depressing, is his involvement in
Ultimately, 200,000 East Timorese (more than a quarter of the population) were killed. This FAQ provides some good details on what exactly happened, and the East Timor & Indonesia Action Network provides good resources for what you can do to help. Click on those links if you know what's good for you.
But the story of
Our current electoral shenanigans also bring back some of this episode’s most loathsome characters. Richard Holbrooke, Jimmy Carter’s Assistant Secretary of State in the region during the height of the genocide, was very much aware and involved in these mass killings
One final point: this episode reveals that the