Wednesday, January 05, 2005

US military in Aceh

The US military presence in Aceh as part of the disaster relief effort may have some positive spin off in terms of the long running conflict between insurgents and the Indonesian military - Indonesia's friction with US forgotten in race to help.

While I'm not keen to romanticise the Aceh insurgents as warm and fuzzy freedom fighters, the Indonesian military don't have a very good record. The presence of US troops in this region may lead to some progress towards a settlement.

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