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29 April 2014

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Sil not a lot but the scholarship idea sounds good.

For OPM's dreams to bud into reality, PNG and the other Melanesian countries have to give scholarships to West Papuan natives to study in our higher institutions.

Ben, how many West Papuans do you have at Divine Word University? Educate them and widen their opportunities and they can venture out into the world and mould their independence dream.

By the way, Fidel and Che did it with peasants and shotguns. Our brother can do it too.

Thank you all for the comments.

A lot of Papuan sympathisers want to see an end to the issue. The end they desire is a free West Papua. But I think unification is the way forward.

Indonesia will fight till the end. That means this issue has the potential to start a major war if my assumption is correct.

Otherwise, we are in the business of writing so let us entertain ourself with such ideas to make life interesting.

I'm happy to start a rumour that PNG is planning to invade West Papua.

Whether the Indonesians laugh or not is up to them I guess.

The point being that PNG could really say anything it liked in relation to Indonesia without being taken seriously.

So why not come out and barrack for the OPM?

As for us 'taking over the other half of the island', simply by supporting the West Papuan freedom movement we would open the door to unification.

Indonesia knows this too.

Merger to become a Papuan Island Nation is not, in my mind, an objective of political power plays, but a logical endpoint for social and economic progress.

Papuan identity is a reality.

We are not mere long distant relations sharing the common descriptor Melanesian, we are related by hereditary and community ties that had crossed borders over 50,000 years ago.

Who knows the history of migration that lead us to 'our half' of the island?

An entirely appropriate diplomatic stand for PNG to take, in my opinion, is to make a bold affirmation to Indonesia that 'you guys are being meaners to my relo's and I really don't like that'.

It may be not our business because of some 'line in the sand' drawn by a bunch of white blokes, but as a responsible neighbor, friend and relative of the people of West Papua, we have the right to raise our voice of concern. Olsem wanem, Penge poret ah?

We may have other government dealings with Indonesia, but that does not require diplomatic and political silence over actions that are clearly in contravention of international and national laws.

What does it mean when the Indonesian army crosses our border at will?

This notion that West Papua is 'Indonesia's property and we have nothing to do or say about it' is an admission of complicity.

We might as well shoot the OPM rebels and refugees ourselves and have done with it.

Who's to say we haven't already?

Interesting piece.

As Chris alludes to, Indonesia will not let go easily. The population make-up of its eastern region is something to consider.

While successive PNG governments have sat on the issue of West Papua, Javanese and other non-Papuan settlers in West Papua have become, according to Jim Elmslie, the majority in that region.

Yet by some sort of link-up with the Papuans on the eastern side, this minority status might be changed.

The potency of the Indonesian military could be modified somewhat by the withdrawal of American, British and Australian support.

Amazing to think that of all war-mongering sacks of shit, it was President Bush who withdrew US military assistance to Indonesia pending some improvements and acountability in their military ranks. It's since been re-instated of course.

Business as usual for the masters of war.

Interesting peace.

Thank you Chris. I was just trying to think outside the box by looking at the issue from another perspective based on PNG's national interest.

Also the idea of a Papuan identity could be used by PNG to strengthen the sense of nationalism in a bid to tackle corruption.

If we have a strong sense of nationalism, we will not sell our forests so easily to logging companies, or siphon millions of dollars in PNG and Australian taxpayers' money to satisfy our self-interest.

I think the CIA was complicit in the removal of Sukarno because of his socialist leanings. He was replaced by their right-wing puppet Suharto.

Perhaps Bernard and the OPM should be talking to the CIA, they are expert at arranging regime changes. The idea might even be attractive to the greedy PNG politicians.

A lot of them could become very rich very quickly. Of course, the ordinary people in West Papua and PNG would have to pay for it but what the hell, that's democracy!

This is a terrific article Bernard. You are giving voice to an idea that will eventually grip the minds of Papuan nationalists everywhere.

West Papua does indeed form an integral part of the whole Papuan nation. It was and remains shameful that it was handed over to the expansionist Indonesians, who have zero historic or cultural affiliation with Papuans.

In slight defence of Britain, Australia and the Netherlands, the handover was done very reluctantly and mostly because the USA preferred the virulently anti communist Sukarno regime to be in charge rather than risk the emergence of a communist or socialist state.

If Papuans choose to take the revolutionary road to reuniting their nation, then I foresee a long and bloody struggle to do so.

The Indonesians will not simply give up the valuable territory they have acquired. Also, there are very large numbers of mostly Javanese settlers who have no where else to go.

You can expect them to fight to the end unless, of course, you can persuade them to join your revolution.

As to Australia's likely position on this matter, I imagine that masterful dithering, endless "peace negotiations" and so forth will be the order of the day. This country will not wish to alienate Indonesia but there is likely to be negligible public support for any active intervention.

If you and others are serious about this, I suggest that you take a long hard look at the successful wars of "national liberation" fought in places like Vietnam and China, as well as those that failed such as that in Malaysia between 1948 and 1960. You can be very sure that the Indonesian military has!

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