The statement, “assurances were given ...” made by Jakarta Governor (former general) Sutiyoso, following an alleged illegal entry into his Sydney hotel room by local authorities refers less to the current Australian government than it does to previous Labor and Liberal governments; indeed, assurances were given that no flak would come of the cold-blooded murder of five innocent Australians in Balibo – that was before Australia’s recent oil and gas deals with occupied Timor Leste.
Is late better than never when the truth has been suppressed for so long? Thirty-two years after the event the coroners inquest finally discovers grounds for criminal prosecution! While relatives and other involved parties may derive some comfort from the coroner, justice will never be served, as the perpetrators are safe in Indonesia. So much for the coroner’s political proceedings! However, the present gambit between Australia and Indonesia would indicate that the deputy sheriff may have received an order from the sheriff – time will no doubt reveal the nature of the ingredient in Australia’s new courage potion, leopards do not change their cringing, cowardly spots overnight!
The hotel room ‘encounter’ resulting in the hurried return of former general Sutiyoso to the safety of Indonesian soil where he rallied support and demanded an apology is probably less amusing than Howard pooping his pants at the sight of president Yudhoyono but it is amusing nevertheless. The president of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono continues to amuse dinner guests by recounting how he surprised a “visibly shaken” John Howard on his early morning walk!
Regardless of the circumstances that led to the new ‘brave heart’ Australia, the new posturing is a refreshing change from the money laundering junkets to Christmas Island by corrupt Indonesians laden with suitcases of cash – hundreds of millions were legitimised via an excised casino on the island, courtesy of former Labor prime minister, Paul Keating!
It should now be clear to both governments that a future war is inevitable, the race by both nations for nuclear ‘power’ has been noted.