Saturday, June 03, 2006

Is This What We Lifted Colonial Rule For?

Excuse me? Daniel Schorr continues do a hatchet job on history in talking to Lynn Neary about East Timor this morning on Weekend Edition. Discussing the recent violence in East Timor, does Schorr address the near genocidal killings of the Indonesian Army (with US backing and blessing) from 1975 until independence in 1999? No, instead he cites other troubled countries--which underwent the ravages of colonial rule before winning their independence--and asks "is this what we lifted colonial rule for?" Interesting way to frame it isn't it. Who is the "we" and was it "lifted" or fought off with terrible losses and sacrifice?

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