Indonesia: The Army Has It All

Indonesia, whose 115 million inhabitants make it the world's sixth most populous nation, is a land of immense resources and seemingly limitless potential. Throughout the 3,000 islands of the sprawling archipelago, however, all too few people seem to be exploiting this potential. An exception is the leadership of the 350,000-man armed forces.

Since 1965, when at least 300,000 Communists were massacred in the wake of an abortive coup and President Sukarno was effectively removed from power, the military has not had a serious political rival. The parties are fragmented, and Parliament is...

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