Iraq is not the only country marred by chaos, violence, and upheaval. This week the award for War of the Week goes to Timor Leste. Timor Leste, or East Timor, is a small island nation east of Indonesia. Timor Leste was a Portuguese colony from the 16th century until 1975. In 1975 Timor Leste declared its independence from Portugal and enjoy it for a total of nine days before Indonesian forces occupied it. In 2002, Timor Leste again won its hard fought independence.
From what is widely understood the violence erupted when a group of soldiers went on a strike because of what they deem as discriminatory environment in the military. It seems that most military officials of East Timor are from the east. The striking soldier were dismiss at which point they fled to the mountains and started a rebellion at which point armed civilians took to the street.
The lesson to learn from all, which seems blatantly obvious, is to not fire angry soldiers while they are holding onto their weapons.
Stay tune next week as we analysis the War of the Week.
[tags]colinization, war, turmoil, chaos, civil unrest[/tags]