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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Digging in the knife

While Australia announces even closer security ties with Indonesia, it's worth remembering that the Muslim nation's democratic impulses aren't fully formed:

"Indonesia has banned three films about its occupation of East Timor, saying they could 'reopen old wounds'. The films were due to be shown at a film festival last month in Jakarta.

Indonesian troops killed tens of thousands of people in East Timor during their 24-year occupation of the tiny territory. The films focus on alleged atrocities during the occupation and UN-led reconciliation since the referendum in 1999.

"'We feared the films might reopen old wounds when a bridge of friendship is being built between East Timor and Indonesia,' said Titie Said, head of Indonesia's film censor board."


Blogger Wombat said...

"old wounds"? Try raising awareness.

It mist also draw attention to arseholes like Kissinger who gave a womnk and a nod on behalf of the Us to go ahead and sommence the slaughter?

Friday, January 13, 2006 2:07:00 am  
Blogger Ian Westmore said...

Those who won't acknowledge their darker past deserve to be treated with suspicion. I put Japan in the same category.

Friday, January 13, 2006 7:20:00 pm  

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