It was as, improbable a sight as one could possibly imagine. A Dutch inter-city train stopped dead in its tracks in, the middle of nowhere in central Netherlands. Aboard were a gang of terrorists, holding both crew and passengers hostage. Periodically, as the grim drama unfolded over international television - and as many of you yourselves undoubtedly saw – the train hijackers would open a door in the lead car. Out would tumble another lifeless form, a human carcass, a gruesome sacrifice to the terrorists' demands for safe passage out of the country. At this point, the issue is still unresolved. The perpetrators are part of a group of frustrated "freedom fighters" demanding independence for a homeland they have never even seen! Basically, the ironic story goes something like this: The Netherlands granted independence to its 3,000-island Dutch East Indies archipelago 26 years ago.
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