Give War A Chance

This will be the final battle." so predicts a civilian member of the Acehnese negotiating team that tried for months to reach an agreement that would prevent all-out warfare in Indonesia's westernmost province. He doesn't want his name published because he fears reprisals against his family, particularly because he believes that there is virtually no chance the two sides—the Indonesian military and the separatist guerrillas of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM)—can reach a compromise to prevent renewed fighting. Indonesian troops are already flooding into Aceh. Ultimately, some 50,000 are expected in the province, poised to launch an offensive designed to end...

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