Remember when Gerald Ford ordered the bombing of East Timor and more than 1,000,000 civilians were killed?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
YES...it did happen!!!
"The only country to recognize Indonesia's claim to East Timor is Australia. But the US unofficially supported the invasion and suppression of the province. Then President Gerald Ford and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger were in Jakarta for a summit meeting with Indonesian dictator Suharto on the eve of the invasion, which was launched one day after their departure.
This was entirely consistent with US policy toward Indonesia. The US State Department and CIA played a critical role in the 1965 coup that resulted in the murder of at least 500,000 Indonesians, including hundreds of thousands of Communist Party members, trade unionists, peasants and left-leaning intellectuals. Since then Washington has remained the staunchest supporter of the Indonesian military.
Even if the US participates in an eventual “peace-keeping” operation in East Timor, its orientation will remain one of support for the Indonesian military, suitably adorned, perhaps, with the trappings of democracy."
- toffLv 61 decade ago
You might want to check your facts a bit on that one. Ford did indeed side with Indonesia and provide them with military planes and minuitions for the bombing. He also failed to see the importance of what the people in East Timor were trying to accomplish at the time, as did most Western leaders. He did not actually order teh carpet bombings however as most of the deadly bombing was carried out by Indonesia.Source(s): http://www.motherjones.com/news/special_reports/ea... http://www.motherjones.com/news/special_reports/ea...
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Hard to remember something that never happened...
According to a reliable study, 180,000 East Timorese died from starvation or from being killed by Indonesian troops during the long conflict. That included the napalm attacks, which may indeed have been ordered by Ford...terrible, yes. 1,000,000 civilians killed? No.
- Vagabond5879Lv 71 decade ago
N O, I don't remember this bombing and when did this happen? Provide a source or link.
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- 1 decade ago
Oh yeah. I also remember those pictures he took with Martians on the White House lawn.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
No. I only remember things that actually happened.
- strike_eagle29Lv 61 decade ago
NO I ONLY REMEMBER THE TRUTH.
- BoringLv 51 decade ago
you have it wrong, i'm afraid.
- HushyanoizeLv 51 decade ago
and you would be making this up...