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"If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die": How Genocide Was Stopped in East Timor

by Geoffrey Robinson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691135363

ISBN-13: 9780691135366

Pub. Date: 11/16/2009

Publisher: Princeton University Press

This is a book about a terrible spate of mass violence. It is also about a rare success in bringing such violence to an end. "If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die" tells the story of East Timor, a half-island that suffered genocide after Indonesia invaded in 1975, and which was again laid to waste after the population voted for independence from Indonesia in

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This is a book about a terrible spate of mass violence. It is also about a rare success in bringing such violence to an end. "If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die" tells the story of East Timor, a half-island that suffered genocide after Indonesia invaded in 1975, and which was again laid to waste after the population voted for independence from Indonesia in 1999. Before international forces intervened, more than half the population had been displaced and 1,500 people killed. Geoffrey Robinson, an expert in Southeast Asian history, was in East Timor with the United Nations in 1999 and provides a gripping first-person account of the violence, as well as a rigorous assessment of the politics and history behind it.

Robinson debunks claims that the militias commiting the violence in East Timor acted spontaneously, attributing their actions instead to the calculation of Indonesian leaders, and to a "culture of terror" within the Indonesian army. He argues that major powers—notably the United States, Austrailia, and the United Kingdom—were complicit in the genocide of the late 1970s and the violence of 1999. At the same time, Robinson stresses that armed intervention supported by those powers in late 1999 was vital in averting a second genocide. Advocating accountability, the book chronicles the failure to bring those responsible for the violence to justice.

A riveting narrative filled with personal observations, documentary evidence, and eyewitness accounts, "If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die" engages essential questions about political violence, international humanitarian intervention, genocide, and transitional justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691135366
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/16/2009
Series:
Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity Series
Pages:
321
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................ix
List of Abbreviations....................xv
CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION....................1
CHAPTER TWO COLONIAL LEGACIES....................21
CHAPTER THREE INVASION AND GENOCIDE....................40
CHAPTER FOUR OCCUPATION AND RESISTANCE....................66
CHAPTER FIVE MOBILIZING THE MILITIAS....................92
CHAPTER SIX BEARING WITNESS-TEMPTING FATE....................115
CHAPTER SEVEN THE VOTE....................139
CHAPTER EIGHT A CAMPAIGN OF VIOLENCE....................161
CHAPTER NINE INTERVENTION....................185
CHAPTER TEN JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION....................205
CHAPTER ELEVEN CONCLUSIONS....................229
Notes....................249
A Note on Sources....................295
Bibliography....................297
Index....................313

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