The death of Indonesia's former president Suharto reminds us of the end of a bloody era, but a more pernicious foreign policy practice persists: that of American alliances with military dictatorships ["Indonesia's Despotic 'Father of Development,' " news story, Jan. 28]. That Mr. Suharto was an American ally is no secret; aided by Washington, hundreds of thousands of East Timorese were slaughtered.
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