Was Timor's Chaos Part Of A Plan?

Jakarta may have set out to create a client state

The devastation was all but unthinkable only three weeks earlier, when East Timor voted for independence from Indonesia. But as U.N. peacekeepers landed in the tiny territory on Sept. 20, what they saw was all too real. In Dili, the capital city on Timor's north coast, shops, offices, schools, hotels, and homes were smoldering ruins. Marauding militias supported by the Indonesian army had sabotaged power plants, water works, and electricity and phone lines across the former Portuguese colony.

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