TERRORISTS: Surrender in Amsterdam

Shortly after noon last Friday, the bright flag of the self-proclaimed South Moluccan Republic—red, with green, white and red bars—was pulled back inside a window of the Indonesian consulate in Amsterdam. Minutes later, 25 hostages—ten women and 15 men, most of them Indonesian—walked out of the building, cheering, waving and smiling. Soon afterward their seven captors surrendered to Dutch police. Thus ended one of the most bizarre episodes of terrorism in recent years.

The trouble began Dec. 2 when six South Moluccans took over a suburban Dutch railroad train; they vowed to hold it and its passengers hostage until the...

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