Sunday, January 20, 2002

Philippines update-It looks like the U.S. is getting serious about cleaning up Mindanao. There is a large Muslim community on the big southern island, which has an al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf terror-separatist group fighting the government. Muslim separatism has been festering for decades, going back to the Marcos era, but a new, less-nationalistic, government will seemingly accept a U.S. presence in helping root out the terrorists. Nationalistic sentiment forced the U.S. out of Subic Bay and Clark Air Force base ,although Mt. Pinatubo trashing Clark made the goodbye easier to swallow. It's nice to see the new Arroyo government is more hospitable.

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