INDONESIA: Growing Pains

The government of the new United States of Indonesia was finding infancy troublesome. Some of its pains were caused by the difficulties of merging Indonesian Republican soldiers who had fought against the Dutch into one army with Indonesians who had fought for the Dutch. Other pains rose from the old issue of central sovereignty v. local autonomy.

Two weeks ago both difficulties fused in the revolt of 26-year-old Captain Andi Abdul Aziz, onetime paratrooper in the Dutch Indonesia corps. Aziz and his men, all recently transferred to the new U.S.I. army, were serving reluctantly under a Republican garrison commander in the...