Peace Researcher 25
by Dennis Small
“…in four months, five times as many people died in Indonesia as in Vietnam in twelve years.” Bertrand Russell, 1966.
Indonesia’s troubles just seem to compound as this sprawling and populous nation struggles to develop a stable government. This account is highly relevant in the fevered climate of reaction to the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington DC in September 2001. The story of Indonesia is full of terrorism, much of it at the hands of the West, the U.S. in particular. And it continues to this day. In a cruel twist of fate, this beleaguered Muslim nation is now high on the hit list of George W. Bush as he pursues his endless war against the elusive Al Qaeda terrorist network. – Editors