Sidney Blumenthal’s article in the Guardian discusses how the US support for Indonesia’ army is compromising it’s relief effort.
Two days after the tsunami struck, President Bush, who had made no public statement, was vacationing at his ranch in Texas, and a junior spokesman was trotted out. The offer of US aid was $15m – $2m less than the star pitcher of the Boston Red Sox was paid that year.
On his tour of Banda Aceh, Powell made no determined effort to restore the cease-fire. Meanwhile, GAM reports that the Indonesia military is using the catastrophe to launch a new offensive. "The Indonesians get the message when you have no high-level condemnation of what they’re doing,"