INDONESIA: Sputtering

In the bastion of empire the proconsuls gathered. To Singapore, at the request of handsome Lord Louis Mountbatten, Allied "Supremo" for Southeast Asia, hurried Britain's genial Lieut. General Sir Philip Christison, commander in Indonesia; France's dashing Major General Jacques Leclerc, commander in Indo-China; Holland's determined Hubertus J. van Mook, Acting Governor General of the East Indies. Waiting to meet them and assess their problems was Britain's peripatetic Sir Alan Brooke, chief of the Imperial General Staff. While houseboys served cooling drinks, the masters conferred on a new policy toward 94,000,000 rebellious colonials.

An official spokesman said that the British felt "a...