In East Timor: Justice, Not Revenge

Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão talks about how his time as a guerrilla leader and political prisoner will help him lead the liberated nation

Since Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão's election as President of East Timor in May, 2002, he has emerged as a force of tolerance in a tiny, poor country deeply traumatized from a brutal, 24-year military occupation by its giant neighbor, Indonesia. An independence referendum in August, 1999, and the subsequent violent withdrawal by the Indonesian army left a country the size of Connecticut in ruins, dependent on the U.N. for reconstruction, and pinning its future hopes on oil and gas reserves that are being disputed with neighboring Australia.

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