Taking Action

When U.S. ambassador to Indonesia Ralph Boyce entertained a group of mostly foreign businessmen at his residence in Jakarta on Thursday, Oct. 10, two days before the bombings in Bali, his visitors were shocked. The affable career diplomat, widely admired for his relaxed wit, was grim. "He was completely unlike his usual self," says one of the guests at the leafy residence that evening. "No jokes at all. Very, very serious. He wouldn't talk about anything but security and the threat of a terrorist attack."

Boyce had reason to be somber. Earlier in the day, he...

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