ADELAIDE - Of course, Daniel Kumbon is entirely correct that his forefathers did not invite the division of the island of New Guinea.
Imperialism and colonialism have been recurring features of human societies across at least the last three millennia, where the strong have dominated the weak and exerted their power to achieve their strategic aims.
History is, in many respects at least, just a series of such events.
One of the great misunderstandings of our era is that imperialism is an exclusively European activity.
This is an entirely wrong idea, carefully nurtured by those whose political and other interests lay in perpetuating the mythology that colonialism is a recent phenomenon.
I find it profoundly ironic that Indonesia, which fought a very ugly war to throw off the yoke of Dutch imperialism, should have become such a power itself.
Its action during the confrontation with Singapore and Malaysia in the 1960s and its seizure of Timor Leste in 1975 are clear cut examples of imperialism in action.
West Papua is another such case: there is no logical ethnic or linguistic relationship between the Javanese who dominate the Indonesian federation and the peoples of the island of New Guinea.
Indonesia took possession because the old imperial powers lacked both the will and capacity to prevent it doing so.
The USA is especially culpable because it exerted its power to actually prevent the Dutch (supported by both Britain and Australia) from conducting a fair and free ballot about future independence.
Indonesia is unlikely to release its grip over resource rich West Papua. It will fight to preserve its power by whatever means necessary.
No western power will directly intervene: whatever its faults, Indonesia is a functioning democracy which has successfully resisted Islamic extremism.
It is a valued ally of the western powers and this alone overrides other strategic or even moral considerations. The Indonesians know this perfectly well.
This leaves the West Papuans with a clear choice: acquiesce to Indonesian dominance or resist it by all means they can, including violence.
If the latter course is to prevail, they will need better leadership, a coherent political and military strategy, access to military hardware and greater numbers of committed fighters.
A sustained guerrilla war is the only way to loosen the grip of the Indonesians.
VI Lenin, Mao Zedong, Robert Mugabe, Fidel Castro and many others understood this well and followed this course during the revolutionary era that, arguably at least, commenced with the American War of Independence in 1775.
Whether there is the will and capacity within West Papua to endure the terrible trial of a war of liberation is a matter of conjecture.