Self Determination- Support It!

Jose G. Perez jg_perez at
Sat Aug 26 00:19:06 MDT 2000

Tony Abdo writes:

> It is a curious independence and 'self determination' that is gained by
> lobbying Madeleine Albright.       But isn't that how East Timor became
> a country?       It wasn't that the East Timorese resistance beat
> anybody, not even with the support of Leftist protest in Australia, the
> US, and elsewhere on their side.

Ah, a New "principle" is born ... though shall not negotiate ...

You, of course, being a front-line fighter who is risking his life every
day, insist on denouncing the betrayal by the Timorese leadership.

Self-determination for all oppressed people ... just as long as they do
things our way.

Seems I've heard that somewhere before.

> It is a great thing to support the self determination of oppressed
> groups like the East Timorese or the Aceh, if at the same time you are
> moving forward the self determination of the entire Third World country
> of Indonesia.     This is what is lacking.

Yes, self-determination for large, dominant nationalities.

Fuck the Miskitus, fuck the Timorese, fuck whoever won't subordinate THEIR
rights to those of the "larger" struggle.

Your first pretext was that the Timorese gains weren't really a result of

Now you're saying the struggle was the wrong struggle.

Try a little consistency.


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