INDONESIA: Nail Holes in a Symbol

In central Java last week, several million illiterate voters punched a nail through a printed symbol representing one of 69 political parties. At day's end one symbol had the winning number of nail holes. The symbol: the hammer and sickle of the Indonesian Communist Party. The Communists had won an overwhelming victory in four key areas of Indonesia's most populous island.

The Communists were well equipped with money and organization, but the man the Communists had to thank for their victory was none other than President Sukarno himself. Indonesia's national hero and the...

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