In a few of my posts I sensed some hostility against the Dutch, especially about their role in the Indonesian Independence War. Strange, because many Indonesian veterans seem to have a milder opion about the Dutch.
For instance the widow of the former commander of the Indonesian Army Abdul Nasution, Johanna Sunarti, said about the Dutch Amy commander Simon Spoor:
"General Spoor was a tremendous opponent for my husband during the war. But there was no hatred, just a lot of respect for the mutual talents. Both the Dutch and the Indonesians thought they fought a justified war. Your soldiers never did us personally something wrong, you always treated us respectable".
And this is what former rear-admiral Iman Sardjono had to say about Spoor.
"Spoor was a gentleman. Not one Indonesian officer would ever doubt that. In these days he called us agitators, boyscouts and footpads. But what do you want, it was war, we did things which weren't very noble. During the Tweede Politionele Actie in 1948 I was part of the engineer regiment of our freedom-army. But in stead of building bridges, I destroyed them. General Spoor wanted to win the war in six months. Our commander wanted to throw the Dutch back in the sea in the same period. Both failed at their mission. Looking back, I'm glad at this".