The Jakarta Post
What a contrast from East Timor. Catalonians and Kurds may envy citizens of today’s Timor Leste. Although residents of the Spanish territory are much wealthier than the Timorese and after the result of their referendum they are not getting anywhere close to the global congratulations the then-Indonesian citizens received after their 1999 vote.
Although Iraq’s Kurds have more world sympathy than the Catalonians, particularly as a militia who helped push back Islamic State (IS) movement terrorists, the non-binding result of their referendum also raised eyebrows. More tension in the Middle East may affect the war against IS movement terrorists, including sympathizers in our parts.
No matter how we fought independence fighters and tried to win over the East Timorese since the 1970s, the referendum results showed that almost 80 percent voted for...