Trouble In East Timor

American VoicesWorldasiamilitary ISSUE 35•33 Sep 15, 1999

On Aug. 30, East Timor voted overwhelmingly for independence from Indonesia, sparking a pro-Jakarta militia crackdown that has left hundreds of Timorese dead and prompted U.N. officials to evacuate the island. What do you think about this rapidly deteriorating international situation?

  • “It's a tough call. They're not as brown as Africans, but they're still pretty brown. I guess I'm leaning toward not caring.”

    Franklin Schuitt –
    Systems Analyst

  • “East Timor? Shouldn't the citizens be, you know, Timorous? Ha! Seriously, though, where is this town?”

    Richard Heep –
    Bank Teller

  • “This crisis won't affect production of Kmart's fall fashion line, will it?”

    Linda Voskuil –
    Homemaker

  • “As CNN's senior correspondent for the Pacific Rim, I'd just like to say, 'Hey, Noam Chomsky, look! We're finally doing a story about how oppressed East Timor is! Are you happy now?”

    Robert Iverson –
    TV Journalist

  • “The U.S. has got to step in and hold a pancake-dinner benefit for these people.”

    Melissa Orr –
    College Student

  • “Martial law? A shoot-on-sight curfew? That's pretty serious, man. I just hope all the white people get out okay.”

    Hugh Randolph –
    Construction Worker