War Is Boring: Who cares about East Timor?
By DAVID AXE
Dili, East Timor – It’s five days before the April 9 presidential election here in the capital city of what is, according the United Nations, the poorest country in the world.
The campaigning has gotten a little out of hand. Gangs of angry young men in the employ of rival, corrupt political parties clash in the streets, hurling rocks, burning motorcycles, smashing heads against brick walls. When the U.N. police and Australian troops arrive, the gangs scatter – only to find each other several blocks away and pick up where they left off.