Jose Ramos Horta & NATO

Alan Bradley alanb at
Tue Oct 12 07:20:23 MDT 1999

Nestor persists in suggesting an analogy between the East Timorese and the
Israelis.  An alternative analogy might be with the Palestinians.

So Nestor - what's your opinion of Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian
Authority, and _their_ relations with imperialism?

Perhaps I might suggest that people are also measuring the CNRT against too
high a standard.  They certainly fall short of being a proletarian
revolutionary movement.  This isn't surprising.  They're _not_ one.  They
are a bourgeois revolutionary movement, emerging from a country that's
pretty much all peasants, and very few workers.

A proletarian wing seems to have emerged - the Socialist party, but I'm not
aware of their exact politics.

Don't underestimate the East Timorese.  Don't put them on a pedestal
either, because you'll be the one that falls off.

Alan Bradley
alanb at

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