Dr Carey and I both agree that it is important to exert pressure and influence to persuade the military in Indonesia to adopt a different approach to what they regard as civil unrest and what we see as the legitimate expression of political dissent. Surely one good way to try to exert such influence is through dialogue of the kind which is created through the opportunity of having senior officers attending courses in this country, where they will almost certainly be exposed to arguments and debates about human rights, civil liberties and democratic freedoms. Does the teaching staff in Hull not have this in mind?
It is my experience that senior Indonesian military figures at this level, however much they may disagree with the opinions of others, are quite happy to listen and debate.
Dr C W WATSON
Department of Anthropology
University of Kent at CanterburyReuse content