Losing the Peace

The troubled peace that has prevailed in Indonesia's bloody Aceh province for the past four months is on the verge of unraveling. Negotiations between the separatist Free Aceh Movement (known by its Indonesian acronym GAM) and the Indonesian government broke down last week over trivial scheduling and venue changes. Meanwhile, more than 25,000 Indonesian troops in Aceh went on high alert, and the country's Navy chief warned that 14 warships could soon arrive off Aceh's coast.

The government blames rebels for the flaring hostilities. Under a cease-fire brokered last December by...

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