Presentation on theme: "Indonesia Timor and Bali.. The Whitlams The Whitlams, whilst not an overly “Popular” band, is an Australian Band who wrote “Blow up the Pokies” and “No."— Presentation transcript:
The Whitlams The Whitlams, whilst not an overly “Popular” band, is an Australian Band who wrote “Blow up the Pokies” and “No Aphrodisiac like Loneliness”. They were outraged at the way in which the people of East Timor were suffering, and Australia was not doing anything about it.
Look At the Lyrics of the Song What were they trying to say? What does turning an issue into a song do? What sort of audience do songs like this target?
The Whitlams, 400 miles from Darwin We pay to shed a sombre tear together in the darkness here One among the hundreds, crying for the millions And when the house lights break the trance Only then unclasp our hands Compose ourselves and fix our hair "We would have all been Schindler there" Drive in silence slowly home Now horror's more than skin and bone
And can you see in twenty years We'll pay to shed the same cheap tears In a film about an island, watch our hero take a stand Pay our money gladly to wash our hands Watching the movie we'll ask how the people might have known Let it happen there without a fight Kept driving on quietly home Left the Timorese alone - 400 miles from Darwin
The two-minute hate is now the three-hour love With any action left to God above The Germans then they could could turn their heads Now Indonesians and us we sleep instead While 400 miles from Darwin East Timor is dying Watching the movie we'll ask how the people might have known Let it happen there without a fight Kept driving on quietly home Left the Timorese alone - 400 miles from Darwin
What were they trying to say? What does turning an issue into a song do? What sort of audience do songs like this target?
East Timor It is claimed that Indonesian occupation of East Timor was marked by brutality and violence. The East Timorese guerrilla force, Falintil, fought a campaign against the Indonesian forces from 1975 to 1999.
“Independence” In 1999, the UN supervised a referendum in East Timor to choose between Special Autonomy within Indonesia and independence. 78.5% of voters chose independence, however soon after fighting broke with pro- Indonesian militias. It was not until September 2002 that East Timor joined the UN as an independent country.
Since 2002 a number of Islamist-inspired terrorist attacks in Indonesia have been directed at Western interests including the Australian embassy in Jakarta and the 2002 and 2005 Bali bombings, which killed a total of 92 Australian nationals. Indonesian diplomatic and consular premises in Australia received a number of hoax and threat messages in 2005. Both the United States and Australian governments have issued warnings against travel to Indonesia, advising their citizens of a continued risk of attacks.
Bali Bombings The Bali bombings, on 12 October 2002, was one of the most horrific acts of terrorism that has come close to Australian shores. A total of 202 people (88 Australians) were killed in the tragedy, which took place in the town of Kuta on the Indonesian island of Bali. A further 209 people were injured.
A number of Indonesians were sentenced to death for their parts in the bombings and in October 2002 Abu Bakar Bashir, a leader of the Jemaah Islamiah organisation often accused of being behind the attacks, was charged over his alleged role in the bombing. In March 2005, Bashir was found guilty of conspiracy over the attacks. The Bali bombings 2002 is sometimes called ‘Australia's September 11’ because of the large number of Australians killed in the attack. (Australian Federal Police website)
About the attacks Just after 11pm on 12 October 2002, a bomb hidden in a backpack exploded inside popular tourist destination, Paddy's Bar. The device killed the backpack owner, likely a suicide operative. Approximately ten to fifteen seconds later, a second much more powerful car bomb, of close to 1000kg, concealed in a white Mitsubishi van was detonated by remote control in front of the Sari Club. The explosion left a one meter deep crater and windows throughout the town were blown out.
A third bomb was then detonated in the street in front of the American consulate in Bali. This bomb caused a slight injury to one person, and only modest damage. It was packed with excrement for maximum moral damage. As the local hospital was unable to cope with the number of injured, particularly burn victims, many of the wounded, of all nationalities, were flown by the Royal Australian Air Force to hospitals in Darwin and other Australian cities.
So, what’s the Issue? Should Australians be wary about the Indonesian GOVERNMENT after the Bali Bombings? Could the Bali bombings be a sign of terrorist attention to Australians? Are there links to Osama Bin Ladin?
Political Cartoon The Political Cartoon in your handouts reflects the “arm of expansion of Indonesia” What were the answers you got to the questions?