While December 7 marks the 66th anniversary of the Japanese
attack on Pearl Harbor, I�d rather reflect upon December 7, 1975. This
reflection involves, among others, former New York Senator Daniel Patrick
Moynihan and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and requires a geography
question: What nation has the largest
Muslim population? Not Saudi Arabia, Iran, or Egypt; it�s Indonesia.
With a populace more than 90 percent Islamic, this South
East Asian island nation has avoided America�s notorious anti-Muslim bent by
holding claim to the South Pacific�s largest supply of oil, the world�s most
abundant reserve of natural gas, and a very brutal anti-communist history.
While Palestinian Muslims are labeled terrorists for having the audacity to
revolt against 60 years of Israeli occupation, Indonesian Muslims can get away
with murder. Literally.
More geography: East Timor is another island nation�a former
Portuguese colony just above Australia�that became the target of a relentless
and murderous assault by Indonesia on December 7, 1975. That attack was made
possible through the sale of U.S. arms to its loyal client, the silent
complicity of the American press, and Pat Moynihan�s skill at keeping the UN
uninvolved at the request of his boss, Dr. Kissinger. Over one-third of the
East Timorese population (more than 200,000 humans) lost their lives due to
war-related starvation, disease, massacres, or atrocities. Proportionally, the
depth of this slaughter is on par with the Nazi Holocaust.
Here�s where Moynihan fits in: After having served as an
advisor to Richard Nixon (an excellent venue for honing skills of genocide),
Moynihan was appointed U.S. Ambassador to the UN under President Gerald Ford.
It was on his watch that the U.S.-backed Indonesian invasion of East Timor took
In his book, A
Dangerous Place, Moynihan detailed his role in the genocide: �The United
States wished things to turn out as they did, and worked to bring this about.
The Department of State desired that the United Nations prove utterly
ineffective in whatever measures it undertook. This task was given to me, and I
carried it forward with no inconsiderable success.� At that time, Moynihan told
the Australian ambassador to the United Nations that he was �under instructions
from Kissinger personally not to involve himself in discussion with Timor with
As Nobel Peace Prize winner Kissinger explained, �Foreign
policy should not be confused with missionary work.�
For more on the current situation in East Timor, please
Mickey Z. can be found on the Web at www.mickeyz.net.