Britain's Secret War: The Indonesian Confrontation 1962 - 66 by Will Fowler

By Will Fowler

The ‘Confrontation’ among Malaysia and Indonesia in Bornew 20/1/2006 the warfare opposed to Indonesian raids throughout a 900-mile border in a few of the world’s worst jungle terrain – ultimately concerned approximately 20,000 British and Commonwealth troops, with air and naval help; and but, by means of mutual consent, it used to be astonishingly little pronounced on the time. This ‘secret war’ observed the perfection of SAS jungle strategies; a Parachute Regiment motion defined as ‘a moment Rorke’s Drift’; and audacious mystery missions deep inside of enemy territory, together with the award to a Gurkha soldier of the British Army’s in simple terms ‘living VC’ for forty years.

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This gave the proposals a sense of arbitrary selection, with no discussion of the criteria on which these industries were selected. There was little consideration of whether the industries which had been nationalised were accountable to Parliament, an issue CROSSMAN, SOCIALISM AND SOCIAL DEMOCRACY 39 which Crossman was to return to later repeatedly in his own writing. 23 As well as editing the essays, he also contributed an essay entitled “Towards a Philosophy of Socialism”. In this he argued that the Labour Party had lost its way after 1950.

47 Crossman gradually began, in the early 1950s, to gravitate towards Wilson while retaining his unofficial membership of the Bevanites, who continued to regularly met at his Vincent Square home. It was at about this time, in 1951, that 26 RICHARD CROSSMAN Crossman began to keep a diary on a regular basis, the publication of which would make him more famous and notorious than his political career could have. After the 1951 election defeat, Crossman crossed to the opposition benches and continued his work as a constituency MP.

31 Bevin was hoping that a solution would be found which would satisfy both the British and American governments, and that for the duration of the commission the issue would be less divisive, allowing important foreign policy decisions to be made in the intervening period. The initial issue which the commission needed to consider was whether 100,000 entry visas should be issued to the displaced Jews in Europe. ’32 While Crossman was not initially particularly keen, with some persuasion from his wife, he joined the Commission, a decision which would have a life-changing effect.

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