It's been nearly a decade since I last read M.C. Ricklef's general survey, but a sentence at the end of the chapter covering this episode stays with me. Ricklefs ends that chapter by noting that on that date the conflicting forces underlying Guided Democracy came crashing down, taking down with it the regime of extravagant hypocrisy and corruption built by Sukarno.
The Year of Living Dangerously often feels like the love story of two expats set against the background of 1965. At the end, however, Mel Gibson's photographer commits suicide in protest, after having seen that Sukarno gave not a rat's ass about the people, and was only concerned about accumulating power, teenage virgins and feeding his already enormous ego. Here we had the Father of the Nation who less than two decades after fighting the Dutch was ready to pimp out the country to the Communists and the Chinese.