Dear Mr. Ted Lyng:
No, Sir. We have
never met. But I knew you through a friend of mine, a
student in Medan. I am an ExxonMobil retire and now living
in Kembang Tanjung sub-district, Pidie Acheh. I am a Javanese
but married to an Achenese woman from Kembang Tanjong. My
pension fund from ExxonMobil was sufficient for my family to
have two unit of medium shops; one in Beureunuen and the
other in Sigli. Unfortunately the store in Beureunuen have
been looted and burnt by Brimobs who ran amuck there in
early of 2001.
Despite claims by
government that Achenese are racist because they allegedly
drive away non-Achenese migrants out of Acheh, I do not see
it as true. Of course, for us as Javanese, either to join
the militia formed by government or to join the GAM would
equally creat problems for ourselves. There are proofs in
Acheh Tengah (Central Acheh) where my Javanese colleagues,
short of thought, joining the armed militia and now they are
experiencing hard time because the other side considers them
combatants. The same is also true for many of my Javanese
colleagues in Tamiang East Acheh who join the GAM.
neighbors treat me well. Frankly speaking, I have never had
bad experience with any Achenese here. I do have grave
experiences my own Javanese 'friend' in Polri and TNI. My
shop was burnt and I am alternately milked out by Brimob and
Sir, I am very
concerned about the situation in Acheh. I think they deserve
every right to have a nation of their own as the history
tells it (I studied Acheh history in my leasure time lately).
The spirit of freedom of Achenese has even been very bold
since they have received really brutal treatment from
government security forces.
I would like to
suggest one thing, if I may. The coming peace talk between
RI and GAM in Geneva may, at least, produce a cease fire
under tight monitoring by international community. One life
is more precious than everything. If we could save lives and
particularly if we have the power to do it, let my humble
suggestion be a reality.
Below is an
analysis from an unknown friend sent to my e-mail. I think,
this analysis is very good. Please forgive if I am wrong. I
thank you very much for your time reading my lengthy mail.
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