Friday, August 12, 2005

Gold, Kissinger, the CIA and a warning of a massacre.


Why is West Papua important?

1. It has the world's largest gold mine. This mine has links to Henry Kissinger.

2. BP is developing a gas field in West Papua.

3. Massive genocide is being carried out in West Papua by troops trained by the CIA.

According to Wayne Madsen:

The Indonesian army chief, General Sutarto, confirmed that West Papuan independence leader Theys Eluay was assassinated by Indonesian Army units.

The assassins were members of KOPASSUS, a special operations unit trained by U.S. Special Forces and CIA personnel and was involved in massacres in East Timor during the Indonesian occupation of that country.

In 1969, West Papua was formally handed over to Indonesia by the United Nations after a referendum, now widely recognized as rigged.

Eluay was a thorn in the side of Freeport McMoran, a Louisiana-based mining company that has pillaged West Papua's natural resources and has been accused by local activists of propping up local Indonesian army and KOPASSUS officers with bribes and favors.

Henry Kissinger serves as a Director Emeritus on the board of directors of Freeport and former Louisiana Senator J. Bennett Johnston, recently identified as a lobbyist for Enron, serves as a full member of the board.


"There have been numerous reports that entire villages have been destroyed and the people shot and tortured."


Henry Kissinger has financial ties to the world's largest gold mine, the Freeport mine in West Papua, in Indonesia.

Dutch New Guinea, now known as West Papua, expected to become independent after the departure of the Dutch. But, Indonesia grabbed Dutch New Guinea.

America has always sought to have close ties with the Indonesian military.

On 6 December 1975, Henry Kissinger, along with President Gerald Ford visited Indonesia. The next day, Indonesia attacked and annexed East Timor.

Up to one third of the population of East Timor died as a result of the invasion. The violence that once took place in East Timor may be similar to the violence that continues today in West Papua.


BP is working with a genocidal government, according to George Monbiot, in the Guardian 3rd May 2005.

BP is to develop a gas field in West Papua, the western half of the island of New Guinea.

Monbiot explains that in 1962 the USA told the Dutch that they wanted West Papua to be handed over to Indonesia. A UN referendum was to be held, but, 'the US told the UN that the result had to be rigged.'

So instead of a referendum in which “all adult Papuans” participated, in 1969 the UN oversaw a rather different process.

Monbiot describes the process:

1,022 men were selected by Indonesian soldiers, taught the words “I want Indonesia”, then lined up at gunpoint.

One man who refused to say his lines was shot.

Others were threatened with being dropped out of helicopters.

This rigorous democratic exercise resulted in a unanimous vote for Indonesian rule.

According to Monbiot:

A recent report by academics at Yale Law School concludes that there is “a strong indication that the Indonesian government has committed genocide against the West Papuans.”

Human rights groups suggest that around 100,000 Papuans have been killed by Indonesia.

The armed forces have bombed, napalmed and strafed tribal villages and tortured and murdered their people.

The government has sought to wipe out Papuan culture through forced assimilation and mass immigration. The purpose of these schemes, according to a former governor of West Papua, was to “give birth to a new generation of people without curly hair, sowing the seeds for greater beauty.”

Today, villages in the Papuan highlands are still being burnt out by soldiers, and their people killed or forced to flee into the forest.

BP overlooks all this.

When the Papuans tried to set up their own assembly – the Papuan presidium council – its chairman, Theys Eluay, was murdered by the army. The Indonesian government is currently flying in an extra 15,000 troops.

In the last few weeks the repression has intensified.

As the Free West Papua Campaign ( points out, the Indonesian army has a standard technique for gaining control of extractive industries.

It creates an incident, often attacking its own soldiers or burning down a village or two, blames it on the rebels and then insists it must “secure the area”, and, of course, any revenue arising from the area.

The army is already building up civilian militias close to the gas field. Some of them are controlled by Laskar Jihad, which is affiliated to Al Qaeda.

BP derives its authority to act from an occupying power in the midst of an attempted genocide.

How credible, then, are its claims that its hands are clean?


In the 1990s, during Suharto's regime, 1.2 million Javanese and Sumatran persons streamed into Papua over a ten-year period. Nearly all of these migrants were Muslims, coming into an area that, prior to Indonesian rule, had been almost entirely populated by Roman Catholics, Protestants and people following tribal religions.


An Australian Democrats press release, dated 5 August 2005, warns of a possible massacre in West Papua.

In West Papua there appears to be increased Indonesian military activity and increased violence and intimidation.

There have been numerous reports that entire villages have been destroyed and the people shot and tortured.

Reports have stated that up to 15,000 Indonesian troops have been sent to West Papua in recent weeks.

There has been a specific and concerted effort by the Indonesian military to increase dramatically national and racial tensions.

This has all the appearances of a disaster in waiting and we cannot simply allow it to happen.

During a situation like this, the allegations regarding a pro-Jakarta lobby within the Australian Intelligence services and concern over intelligence warnings prior to the East Timor massacre are deeply disturbing.

We must not allow another East Timor to develop on our doorstep.

We have the advance warning, there will be no excuse if this is allowed to happen.


International Herald Tribune, 10 August 2005:

"Many of those accused of leading the deadly campaign in East Timor in 1999 are supervising similar atrocities in Indonesia, especially Aceh and West..."


1 comment:

Rights Australia said...

Yep. This all backs up what we've heard from Papuans.

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