INDONESIA: Resurrection

In 1925 an obscure Javanese schoolteacher, angry with his Dutch masters, joined a Marxist study group, became a Communist, got into a rebellion, and was clapped in jail. Almost at once he escaped and made his way to Moscow, where he stayed quietly for 23 years. Last August, Muso Suparto (now calling himself simply Muso) turned up in Java again. Thirty-eight days later he emerged at the head of a successful Communist rebellion.

Muso and his men struck at Madiun, the republic's third largest city, in the heart of Java, straddling a major east-west rail link not far from Jogjakarta,...

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