Tibet, etc.

Rosser Jr, John Barkley rosserjb at jmu.edu
Tue Jul 7 10:38:06 PDT 1998

Just for the record, I happen to agree with Michael Perelman that the Kurds have more to complain about than the Tibetans, or at least as much. It is not just recently that they have been imperialized victims. It has been going on for a long time, at least since Versailles. And it certainly went on in the 70s and 80s with the US playing the Kurds in the Iran/Iraq conflicts.

I also agree that what has happened in E. Timor is indefensible as is the US role. I happen to regularly tell students about it, who are almost universally ignorant of it.

However, the large-scale deaths there were mostly up front at the time of the invations. I have not read claims that the Indonesians are trying systematically to wipe out the Timorese. Such claims are being made about what the Chinese are doing to the Tibetans (and, yes, the Turkic minorities are also oppressed in Xinjiang).

To Gary: Just what was it you wanted me to "say out"? Barkley Rosser

-- Rosser Jr, John Barkley rosserjb at jmu.edu

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