This is a book about a terrible spate of mass violence. It is
also about a rare success in bringing such violence to an end. ""If
You Leave Us Here, We Will Die"" tells the story of East Timor, a
half-island that suffered genocide after Indonesia invaded in 1975,
and which was again laid to waste after the population voted for
independence from Indonesia in 1999. Before international forces
intervened, more than half the population had been displaced and
1,500 people killed. Geoffrey Robinson, an expert in Southeast
Asian history, was in East Timor with the United Nations in 1999
and provides a gripping first-person account of the violence, as
well as a rigorous assessment of the politics and history behind
Robinson debunks claims that the militias committing the
violence in East Timor acted spontaneously, attributing their
actions instead to the calculation of Indonesian leaders, and to a
"culture of terror" within the Indonesian army. He argues that
major powers--notably the United States, Australia, and the United
Kingdom--were complicit in the genocide of the late 1970s and the
violence of 1999. At the same time, Robinson stresses that armed
intervention supported by those powers in late 1999 was vital in
averting a second genocide. Advocating accountability, the book
chronicles the failure to bring those responsible for the violence
A riveting narrative filled with personal observations,
documentary evidence, and eyewitness accounts, ""If You Leave Us
Here, We Will Die"" engages essential questions about political
violence, international humanitarian intervention, genocide, and
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