Monthly Archives: January 2008

goodbye, Suharto

Suharto (d. 27 January, 2008). this photo of him was taken when he resigned from power in 1998 (see the resignation!). but I prefer another photo:

here’s Suharto with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, bonding over Suharto’s favourite pasttime of fishing off the balmy coast of Jakarta. I like to think of this photo, place it in my mind beside the statistics of the 1965-8 massacres. here, Suharto with a fish; there, Suharto with 800,000 dead Communist sympathizers. rest in peace, General.