Apr 25, 2007, 07:52
Reason enough for proud Australians to both boycott Indonesia and remember who did what at election time?
Mr. Howard appears to always play the phobia card of national security and immigration at election time, but it seems on the first count he leads a government of yellow striped liverish losers and on the second count an administration of cowardly, cheating bullies; how quickly Australians forget they are mostly “illegal” immigrants themselves. When other western nations at least seem to hold onto some modicum of sustainable national pride, it has to be asked how did the once proud Anzac’s (Apologies to New Zealand) come to this? Wake up Australia, Indonesia has one of the world’s least effective armed forces (because their role is to make money and suppress their own people first, fact) and signed agreements are things you just don’t renege upon unless, perhaps, you are Indonesian. Thank God Australia has people like Coroner Darrelle Pinch with the decency and balls to stand up for what is right by actually issuing a summons against RI hero Yunus Yosfiah to come and account for himself at the inquest, even though the summons can not be enforced in Indonesia, at least it opens a door for people to see the truth.
Across the Timor Sea and Indian Ocean in Jakarta when asked how Yunus Yosfiah felt about the summons and the inquiry into the death of these five men he replied he felt nothing. He even laughed as he said "Ask the Indonesian Government. Remember I'm an Indonesian citizen." But in true tell-tale Indonesian does not know when to shut up fashion in frantic attempt to sustain their untenable ego, pride and machismo, Yunus Yosfiah let something slip when he was asked if he was worried, he said "No, why must I worry? I don't feel guilty." Not that he was innocent, but that he did not feel guilty, as clear a sign as any that he murdered those unarmed foreigners in cold blood but is not guilty because he was simply following orders. If we are right Mr. Yosfiah, and we would put money on it that we are, you are guilty under International law under the Geneva Convention as being ordered to murder civilians does not make you personally innocent, in fact the reverse. So now we can only hope the truth does come out and the Republic of Indonesia will do an uncharacteristically honorable things and put Yunus Yosfiah in an International war crimes or human rights court, along with his implicated subordinates and superiors (thoughts of Suharto of course).
The Indonesian Government’s Foreign Affairs spokesman Kriastiarto Soeryo Legowo said "For the Indonesian Government it's a closed case. We believe they were victims, they were killed in the process of a gun fight at that time.” (sure they were victims and a gun fight can be one sided. Then in seeming “harmony” with the Australian Federal Government’s decision to have certain evidence heard behind closed doors, Kriastiarto Soeryo Legowo went on to say "At the moment, we don't see new evidence to justify the reopening of the case." No of course not, if the evidence is to be held behind closed doors, Indonesia is let off the hook by Howard et al yet again. So are we about to see the dirt being neatly swept under the rug once more, lost innocent lives dishonored yet again, guilty men walking not just free but through the corridors of power and with their ugly pompous heads held high, all in the name of western foreign policy? Sydney Australia’s Glebe Coroners Court resumes the inquest into the death of Brian Peters from May 1 to May 18 2007 but as their spokesman John Merrick says “The hearing is open to the public for most of the time”.
We hope enough westerners will have enough decency to make sure the truth comes out and justice is served, and to stay away from anything Indonesian until it does.