Forwarded from Nestor (my obsesssion with Indonesia)
lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Mar 14 13:14:35 MST 2003
Been doing some fast research on the history of Indonesia, and
particularly on the complex set of events that led to the independence
of the country.
It was a senior comrade who sparked the search, by remembering the name
"Tan Malaka" while I was commenting him our exchanges on this list.
Then I realized that no one on this list has mentioned the historic
record of Indonesian struggle against imperialism. The names of Sukarno
or Tan Malaka, or the KPI, have seldom appeared, and when they did it
was more as a ghost from a past forgotten, like some pebbles from the
I think differently. I think that we cannot broach the East Timor issue
and the general issue of the Malay drama without understanding what
happened during the struggles for independence (and UNION), the
respective roles of British, Australian, Portuguese and Dutch
colonialists, the colonial policies of generating puppett pro-Western
regimes (such as the Republic of the Maluku), and the permanent policy
of confronting Indonesians on the basis of their language, religions,
etc., and the national liberation policies of unification (of which
Javanese expansionism -a trend that Western imperialism calls
"Indonesian imperialism"...- was just a single policy and not the one
espoused by the mass of the fighters for independence).
I also stumbled on a short essay by an Indonesian scholar, delivered in
Australia in 1995, where he explains that, against what imperialists and
the Suharto clique wanted everyone to believe, Indonesia was a nation in
the making and not a nation that could be established by looking at the
inheritance from the past. I don´t know what bees does this type hold in
his bonnet, but this approach seems to me more fertile than any amount
of scrapping in the ethnic, religious, linguistic and cultural
differences that may pit each Indonesian people against the other. This
is only for the advantage of imperialists.
I suggest all those interested to do a search in Google, for example. I
tried "tan malakka OR malaka" timor OR timur.
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