Monday, March 29, 2010

The Coward's Way Out. Will Indonesia's Military (TNI) Tacitly Admit Its' Own Guilt?

The Straits Times, the semi-official Singapore daily, reports out of Jakarta:

"The report by journalist Allan Nairn [re. TNI assassinations] threatens to scuttle Jakarta's hopes of getting the United States to lift a 12-year military training ban for its special forces, Kopassus ... An Indonesian military delegation had visited Washington earlier this month to lobby for the lifting of the ban and Indonesian media reported there were signs the US might do so. But Mr Nairn's claims could dash such hopes ." (Salim Osman, "Report May Hit Bid to Lift US Military Ban," The Straits Times, Friday, March 26, 2010).

The Indonesian military (TNI) has responded by threatening to have me arrested, and I've welcomed their threat and challenged them to go ahead if they believe their own denials.

If TNI really didn't commit these murders – as well as hundreds of thousands of others – they can haul me into open court and we'll discuss the facts publicly, for months, instead of their taking the coward's way out and tacitly admitting their own guilt by backing down or by snatching or summoning me for closed interrogation and/or deportation.

Link to view translation of this posting in Bahasa Indonesia.

Link to view TNI assassinations article in English.
Link to view TNI assassinations article in Bahasa Indonesia.
Link to view challenge to the TNI and US government in English.
Link to view challenge to the TNI and US government in Bahasa Indonesia.

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