The Killing Season

The Killing Season

A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66

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"Explores one of the largest and swiftest, yet least examined, instances of mass killing and incarceration in the twentieth century--the shocking antileftist purge that gripped Indonesia in 1965-66, leaving some five hundred thousand people dead and more than a million others in detention. An expert in modern Indonesian history, genocide, and human rights, Geoffrey Robinson sets out to account for this violence and to end the troubling silence surrounding it. In doing so, he sheds new light on broad and enduring historical questions. How do we account for instances of systematic mass killing and detention? Why are some of these crimes remembered and punished, while others are forgotten? What are the social and political ramifications of such acts and such silence? Challenging conventional narratives of the mass violence of 1965-66 as arising spontaneously from religious and social conflicts, Robinson argues convincingly that it was instead the product of a deliberate campaign, led by the Indonesian Army. He also details the critical role played by the United States, Britain, and other major powers in facilitating mass murder and incarceration. Robinson concludes by probing the disturbing long-term consequences of the violence for millions of survivors and Indonesian society as a whole"--Publisher's Web site.
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, c2018
ISBN: 9780691161389
Branch Call Number: 303.60959 R5624K 2018
Characteristics: xx, 429 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Feb 28, 2018

This is a deeply dissatisfying book. By the end of this book, hopefully, you'll agree that it was a work of pure obfuscation!
Yes, the author provides the reader with a detailed and well researched work on the abominations and depredations against a segment of the Indonesian populace: the mass killings, sexualized violence, mind-numbing atrocities and bloodshed.
Yes, the author makes some very important points on pages 132 and 298.
Yes, the author includes the perfidy, collusion and aiding and abetting by a US ambassador during the Bush #1 administration [although not a mention of Henry Kissinger - - whose presence was completely and mysteriously missing from Robinson's book??????]; the ambassador's collusion reported on by Kathy Kadane.
I believe the author's shortcomings derives from choosing to ignore the dictum: FOLLOW THE MONEY! [The author does touch upon // socioeconomic conflicts \\ but quickly discounts them?!?!?]
In the beginning of the violence unleashed in 1965, the first to be slaughtered were the labor organizers at the refineries of Stanvac and Caltex [Rockefeller oil companies]. During the Eisenhower and Johnson Administrations, both funds and the CIA were dispatched to ensure bloodshed and death, and both Eisenhower and Johnson thoroughly supported such!
It was completely different under the Kennedy Administration, when President Kennedy brokered an amiable deal between the Indonesian gov't and the oil companies - - said deal was radically altered after the murder of President Kennedy in Dallas. [Oh lordy, it was just a coincidence, sayeth those real conspiracy theorists!]
This is not adequately covered by the author, who reminds one of the reporting from NPR and the Koch brothers-financed PBS, which reports events but almost always avoids explaining the causes and sources behind those events and without understanding causality we will never grasp actual reality!
I would strongly urge anyone reading this to also read Andrew Cohen's outstanding book, Two Days in June, as well as Francisco Goldman's outstanding book, The Art of Political Murder. [Essentially, humans believe they have the right to murder others for their beliefs which contradict the murderers' beliefs which can be summed up thusly: // I believe I can kill you in order to keep the property I stole from you - - be you an Indonesian leftist or the president of the USA! \\ ]
I do commend the author for mentioning a little known tactic: in Indonesia they created rightwing unions to counteract any influence from left-leaning unions - - a long-time tactic used in America, hence Andy Stern, former head of the SEIU, promotes the offshoring of labor disputes and labor protests - - reflect on that for a moment. And the Labor News Network reports the same drivel as the Wall Street Journal - - reflect on that for a momemt!
What do the following countries have in common: Indonesia, China, Pakistan and Vietnam? The plantation owners and company owners are also usually in their military. [It's been awhile since I checked on China, but I believe the majority of corporation owners are still PLA.] Whenever one reads of the Spanish Inquisition, the Holocaust, the Japanese-American internment during WWII, and countless other crimes against humanity, seldom is an important action ever covered - - namely, mass confiscation of assets, property and wealth!
A most important fact!


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