Jakarta Media And 30 September

I wonder if the Jakarta English-language media will be up to their usual nonsense this weekend, that annual ( or even more often!) muddying of the historical waters on the anniversary of the 30th September 1965 put-down of Communist subversion.

Jakarta Post – Never Miss a Chance to Re-Hab Reds! 

I wasn’t here then, and probably paid little attention to events in Indonesia, although like most people everywhere I knew a lot about America’s brave fight against the evil of marxism in Vietnam, that war which President Reagan rightly characterised as ‘a noble cause.’

No less noble because the Reds won, thanks to media traitors and draft-dodging scum.

But here in this archipelago, the Reds did not win, though they came damned close.

However, the details of Sukarno’s collaboration with the totalitarian hypocrites of the PKI, the Indonesian Communist Party, are well-known, as are the facts about the PKI leader Aidit’s admiration for North Korea…






…and the airborne delivery of weaponry from Red China, etc. and need no rehashing today.

The Indonesian armed forces stepped in, eagerly supported by common folk of all ethnicities and creeds; and the death toll has been variously estimated at between several hundred thousand and a million.


Those who run the Jakarta Post and Jakarta Globe are inexplicably out of step with most Indonesians, and like to run offensive screeds about poor scumbags who had to flee the country, tellingly not to democratic lands, but to brutal marxist tyrannies, like China.

If such mangy old red rats had ever shown signs of repentance, had repudiated the satanic ideology of their youth…


…then okay, a lot of years gone by, so leave them to be penitent in peace in their old age.

But if they are NOT penitent, not remotely sorry for the evil they espoused?

‘We Don’t Want Communism?’ But if You Did, It’s Time To Apologise!! 

Again, various media freaks dwell on the death toll, ‘innocents’ killed by the anti-communists.

A large number of those who died were not innocent.

They were dedicated enemies of Indonesian freedom in 1965, just as in the city of Madiun in 1948 their party comrades had been,  during the nation’s independence fight with the Dutch. The PKI stabbed the young country in the back by staging an insurrection in that city, which had to be put down.

Seventeen years later, in 1965, Aidit was killed. No loss!

But check it out, see how media comsymps like to mix it all up.

They ramble on about genuinely innocent people killed in error, mistaken for, or framed as, PKI.

Dreadful, yes, but the muddying media here do not seem able to differentiate between those innocents and the Communists, who had it coming.

Again, we read all too often about the families, kids, kin, of PKI rats, who were victimised and persecuted purely because they were related to Reds.

Obviously unjust.

IF they were maltreated for such reasons.

Were they? Or were they Reds too?

And the TAPOL, the political prisoners?

Were they all innocent victims?

Or were a lot of them malevolent PKI collaborators, luminaries of LEKRA, the red front for ‘intellectuals’  of whom the most notorious was Pramoedya, producer of turgid novels, who was subsequently denounced by distinguished Indonesian writers in forthright terms,viz.

From  Tempo, issue May 16-22, 2006 – an extract which explains why some 25 “prominent literary figures and cultural observers” put their distinguished names to a formal submission to the Magsaysay Award Committee in 1995, protesting at that body’s decision to give Pramoedya an award.



Their reasons were simply stated, viz his unethical role during one of the darkest periods for creativity during the Guided Democracy era, when he led the persecution of artists and literary figures who disagreed with him.

(this protest is air-brushed out of most Western references nowadays, though a brief mention is to be found in an otherwise slavishly pro-Pram article in the Economist  http://www.economist.com/node/168819 )


Just saying, as my lovely host nation reflects on this anniversary.

Those trendy lefty scribblers who infest the local Anglophone media should play fair with history.

The iron rule of Suharto was no picnic for a lot of people.

Had those poor, persecuted PKI vermin over-run Indonesia, life would have been hell on earth, as it always is when Communists take power.