INDONESIA: Shooting War

Five days after President Sukarno returned to his riven country, the war of words between his government and the rebel colonels of Sumatra became a shooting war. Two 6-25 bombers of the little Indonesian air force swept in over the forested Sumatran coastline, dropped a cluster of bombs astride a bridge over the Salida river and strafed the area before turning back to their base. Sukarno, who hates trouble almost as much as he loves power, had decided to fight.

Sukarno sent Indonesia's only destroyer to prowl the blue-green waters of the Indian Ocean off the seaport of Padang, bottling...

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