The President and the Rebel 6 replies

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masked_marsoe VIP Member

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#1 10 years ago

In a little country far away that noone hears much about, two men met in an old fort in a mountain village.

One was a striking, charismatic rebel leader, popular with the discontented poor, and with an army more than half that of the other's. The other, who had climbed up to the village without security or weapons, was a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who had seen many foes. They sat down to a feast of lamb, goat, and chicken, and fine wine. They departed in high spirits.

Four weeks later, one was dead, and the other fighting for his life in a foreign hospital. ramoshorta_narrowweb__300x483,0.jpg

In the old fort in the village at the top of the mountain, they struck a deal. The Rebel was to surrender to New Zealand troops, and go with his men into captivity. In return, the President was to pardon them all on May 20th, the nation's anniversary.

Instead, on the morning of the 11th of February, the Rebel led his forces in a dawn attack on the President's home. His forces subdued the night security, but found the President was out walking along the beach.

Then, another squad of security turned up, to replace the night team. A firefight ensued, and the Rebel was killed. The President rushed home, and was shot before the Rebel's forces fled.

The Rebel was Alfredo Reinado, and the President is José Ramos-Horta. East Timor doesn't get much attention from the rest of the world, and while I don't expect a discussion, I thought it was a story worth telling.


Thus, I refute thee.

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#2 10 years ago

I think the moral of the story is, never run into a firefight. Though if he had family in the house.... Still, that's an interesting story, and a shame that it couldn't have resolved peacefully.


in spite of erosion

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#3 10 years ago

A fascinating story, this. Tragically concluded, of course. East Timor is a nation with a sad history, a sadness augmented by centuries of Western (during the colonial and post-colonial eras) involvement.


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#4 10 years ago

It's tragic to see such a relatively young country already on it's way down the wrong road. To see the unity they managed to achieve during the resistance against the Indonesian occupation being shattered by rebels and their democratically elected president shot in the belly... it's just sad. I just hope everything turns out good for them and that they can keep their democratic form of government.


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#5 10 years ago

The moral of the story is not to trust your enemy, or to keep your allies close and your enemies closer.

Crazy Wolf VIP Member

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#6 10 years ago

I'm not sure if there is a moral to this. Bad things happen often, in this case, East Timor apparently has issues with staying unified after they've reached their objective(liberty). I won't hazard a guess as to how this will turn out, as the USA was also threatened with division multiple times.


The Relevant One

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#7 10 years ago

I think the moral is don`t live in East Timor :-)