Is it religion that caused the east timor conflict?
how can this be justified?
- bobLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
The causes of the East Timor conflict are the result of the 'Age of Exploration' and 'European Imperialism' of the 16th and 17th centuries. Portugal and the Netherlands are responsible for the 17th-21st century conflict in East Timor. Both nations sought imperialistic agendas towards Timor. As the political mentality of imperialism had run its course, and foreign nations walked away, East Timor represented a lesson in what can only be described as the horror of 'residual effect'.
Portugal and the Netherlands fought for supremacy without regard for the people of the island. In 1860 they divided Timor in half. In 1949 the Dutch call it a day, which created a vulnerable situation. That situation gave birth to Indonesia, and that new nation would pursue aggressive tactics towards the Portugal half (East Timor) until Portugal pulled out in 1975. With aggressive tactics by Indonesia towards a territory drowning in a political vacuum, East Timor resulted in a recipe for civil unrest. In 1983 East Timor received the right to independence from the U.N. (not sure of their intent); however, the nation was so crippled with internal problems they were unable to realize their intended goals. The East Timor conflict can be traced to a "we have the right to" mentality by the imperialistic actions European nations of a time gone by. Unfortunately, the price is still being paid by the citizens of East Timor.
- Trevor SLv 41 decade ago
No. It is imperialist conquest.
Indonesian and Timorese leaders join hands to sanctify 1999 atrocities
By Mike Head
26 July 2008