The Asian Flu

Unrest in Indonesia Has Pentagon Laying Plans

Pentagon planners are quietly reviewing their options for how to extricate the 11,000 Americans living in Indonesia if turmoil in the South Pacific archipelago continues to escalate. Fiscal problems have led to a $43 billion International Monetary Fund bailout, but the resulting austerity measures have sent the cost of basic necessities in the world's fourth most populous country soaring, and last week rioting broke out on several islands. The anger comes from 90% of the 202 million Indonesians who are Muslims and is largely directed against the nation's ethnic Chinese, who account for only 4% of the population but control about...

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