The Indonesian Government “is surprised, disappointed and deeply deplores” the decision by the Australian goverment to grant temporary protection visas to 42 asylum seekers from Papua.
As Dr Phil would say, past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior.
So taking into account the thuggery that the Indonesian army committed in East Timor and Aceh, it seems perfectly reasonable to assume that the Papuans were telling the truth when they complained of brutality at the hand of the indonesians.
If I had to chose who to believe between a Papuan who braved the ocean in dugout canoe, and an Indoneisan military thug with a past history of brutality, it’s a no brainer.
It’s good news for lovers of freedom that politicians in Indonesia are upset about this.
They know that we know what they’re up to. And they don’t like it. Nice of them to let us know that we’re getting under their skin.
It’s good to see the plight of Papua in the mainstream media too.