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I was reading the Drudge headline story which says there may be up to 400,000 dead in Indonesia alone (about which I hope I’m justified in my skepticism), but it got me thinking, What does this do to the Islamic insurgency in Aceh? I know the Indonesian president has asked the rebels to stand down in the wake of the disaster. But what if the rebels have been largely wiped out? I don’t necessarily mean they were all killed, but rebels like that feed off the local population. Presumably the local population has bigger fish to fry for the foreseeable future.


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