No more cheap shots, Hillary!
In his article in mypaper today, titled No China ‘cheap shots’ please, Clinton, Meidyatama Suryodiningrat is perhaps the first Asian journalist reporting from The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network, to call a spade a spade. The hypocrisy of the Americans is so thick and slimy that their hosts from Mongolia down to Southeast Asia and to the Pacific Islands were too polite to wipe it off Hillary’s face. This farcical face of the Americans were lifted again in the front page of the ST by Zakir Hussein, another Indonesian correspondent who quoted what this woman said, ‘The United States does not take a position on competing territorial claims over land features but we believe the nations of the region should work collaboratively together to resolve disputes without coercion, without intimidation, without threats and certainly without the use of force.’
Now, which country has been drumming up territorial claims overtly and supporting them covertly to raise tension in Southeast Asia? Which country has been applying coercion, sanctions, intimidations and threats of war or use of force against smaller and weaker nations across the globe? This woman thinks that the Southeast Asians and the rest of the world are daft. Her arrogance to preach peace while conducting wars openly and subversively trying to start wars must be the height of vanity and stupidity.
Well she thought she is the Emperess of the Empire or the plenipotentiary of the Emperor and could fire cheap shots at anyone she pleases without batting an eyelid. The tensions in western Pacific and around the world are solely the works of the Americans.
Last few days the Australians were wallowing in self pity when a few Aussie soldiers were killed in Afghanistan. Why did the Ausssie soldiers get killed in that country? What have the Afghans done to the Aussies for the latter to send their soldiers to kill them and in turn be killed? The Afghans have no quarrels with the Aussies and have nothing to do with the Aussies. What is the link for Aussie soldiers to kill Afghans and for Afghans to kill them?
It all boils down to a country that needs to have enemies at all times and to have to fight wars at all times to keep its war industries in the pink of health. Yes, the USA is a warmongering country, a country that wants wars and will keep the flames of war burning bright for its own economic and political interests. They still think they are the cowboys and need Red Indians to satisfy their thirst for blood and killings.
And Hillary Clinton is telling everyone that she is the angel of peace. That she is the saviour of the poor and unthinking Asians and the Pacific Islanders. She came for peace, to broker for peace, but with all the soldiers behind her. Did someone shout her down for firing cheap shots?
PS. The stability and economic progress under the Susilo Yudhoyono presidency have seen Indonesia rising in confidence and stature as the de facto and dejure leader of Asean, and as a growing regional power. The Indonesians too are striking out to put their own marks and views on regional issues independently and standing clear of the shadows of big power hegemony. Indonesians will see things in their own perspective and in their own interests, and in a wider context in the interests of Asean and the region.