Today offers a comparable situation. By any comparison, the Indonesian genocide against East Timor was as grievous as the situation in Darfur. At the time, President Gerald Ford was an active participant in launching the genocidal invasion of East Timor by Indonesia in 1975 and his administration continued to arm and support the Indonesians. In addition to that disgrace, Ford contributed to the horrors in Chile, Argentina, and Angola. That is the history, but on NPR's eulogies for President Ford you won't hear one word about it. Here's what was aired this morning:
- "...he successfully led the country through a difficult period." (Renee Montagne)
- "...a man whose calm and straightforward demeanor helped steer the nation through some turbulent times." (Pam Fessler)
- "Every American young and old owes [Ford] a heartfelt thanks." (from the 2000 Republican Convention)
- "Did he in fact help heal the nation?" (Renee Montagne) and John Greene answers "There’s no question that the country believed he helped heal it."