Never, never have they been tempted to carry on the trade of terrorist and take the war outside the boundaries of their homeland. No Indonesian embassy has been attacked, no buses of innocent civilians raked with machine- gun fire and grenades, no aircraft brought from the sky. No city centre has been car-bombed and littered with the bodies of passers-by.
The East Timorese have the complete moral high ground. They have been repressed by a brutal military which has the uniform and arms of a disciplined army but none of the codes or discipline.
Surely now the United Nations should accept that the loss of a third of the population is enough and seek to impose peace-keeping troops before more of these innocent people are sacrificed.
East Timor Support Group UK