" The nation honoured Gerald R. Ford ...a man whose name was a synonym for integrity..." eulogised one newspaper -
The President of the United States of America , who in 1975 gave Indonesia and the dictator Suharto the green light to invade East Timor that has left perhaps 200,000 dead . Ex-President Gerald Ford can rightly be held partly responsible for the death of one-third of the population of East Timor . General Suharto briefed US president Gerald Ford and his secretary of state Henry Kissinger on his plans for the former Portuguese colony hours before the invasion .
"We want your understanding if we deem it necessary to take rapid or drastic action," Suharto told his visitors
Ford replied: "We will understand and will not press you on the issue. We understand the problem you have and the intentions you have."
While some may pay homage to Gerald Ford , we in the Socialist Party will remember and mourn his victims .
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