The reason for this collusion was the division between the two countries of the former Portugese colony's prospective oil wealth. Australian forces will have the same level of credibility in East Timor as Russian forces have in Kosovo among ethnic Albanians.
I perceive a hidden agenda: Indonesia withdraws, "unable to control the situation"; the Australians intervene, postponing independence for several years, but long enough to develop arrangements to suit themselves.
Instead, I suggest that an international force should be led by the Portugese, who have primary responsibility if the Indonesians leave. The UN and Western leaders should not be deflected from the moral imperative in East Timor, and should not repeat past mistakes.
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