Remember Suharto, the right-wing dictator who slaughtered millions during his time in charge of Indonesia? Well, now he's about to snuff it, he was all right really, according to the 'liberal-leftists' of the BBC.
Suharto took power in 1966 and ruled Indonesia with an iron fist for 32 years. He and his family deny reports that they stole billions of dollars while he was in power.
I'm interested in how that's phrased. It's not "He has been accused of stealing billions of dollars" - it's "he denied stealing billions of dollars". His view is the dominant one in the sentence. Any mentions of where the money did go? No. But there is a link in the article to Suharto claiming he'd give libel money to the poor. Did he? We don't know. We just know that he said he would give the money to the poor. Sounds like a cuddly old uncle, doesn't he!
And Suharto's timeline is interestingly phrased as well:
- Comes to power in 1965 after alleged Communist coup attempt
- Formally replaces Sukarno as president in March 1967
- Modernisation programmes in the 70s and 80s raise living standards
- East Timor invaded in late 1975
- Asian economic crisis of the 1990s hits Indonesian economy
- Spiralling prices and discontent force him to resign in May 1998
But as FAIR pointed out many years ago, there is 'good genocide' and 'bad genocide'. Pol Pot = bad. Suharto = 'raised living standards' with no mention of genocide in the same article. If Pol Pot had been described as having 'raised living standards', there'd rightly be uproar.
Suharto's obituaries are being written as we speak. Will the 'liberal-left' media such as the BBC and the Guardian tear into one of the 20th century's greatest unpunished criminals? Or will they wishily-washily skate around his crimes and say he 'raised living standards' (for the privileged few who weren't getting massacred, tortured or jailed?) See, not such a bad cove after all, was he? Eh? Mustn't grumble!
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