INDONESIA: The Startled World

Only last year Indonesia's handsome, personable President Sukarno came to Washington, talking largely of Abraham Lincoln, the rights of man, and his devotion to democracy and the West. Overwhelmed by his sentiments and his charm, Washington's National Press Club gave him a standing ovation. Last week Sukarno was displaying his devotion to the West by energetically trying to boot out of his country all Westerners of Dutch citizenship, with never a backward thought for their rights or their properties.

The issue was West Irian (Netherlands New Guinea). For years Sukarno has been claiming as part of Indonesia the wild, raw-material-rich...

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