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Send in the Americans to fix it. Just transfer those troops right out of Iraq there. What a nice Christmas present that would be to those families.

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Better to get all those Filipina milfs asap!! Didn't somebody say islam was a religion of Peace?? Love?? Understanding each other with respect??

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Background of the sudden eruption is the recent South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) dispute. The government should track down and block the source of foreign finance and arm support of the insurgency.

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How come the MILF got so many M-16 rifles? The Philipine armed force must being the most corrupted one on earth!

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Another day,another nation under siege from radical Islamists.

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" JapanGalOCT. 25, 2011 - 06:46PM JST Send in the Americans to fix it. Just transfer those troops right out of Iraq there. What a nice Christmas present that would be to those families."

The Marines from Okinawa have just held a joint exercise in west Philippines, they should have turned the execise into a real assaults on the Rebels.

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Maybe the Islamic countries are funding these terrorists like say drug free Malaysia?? Indonesia?? Maybe time for the USA to make new bases right there in Mindanao?? IMHO sorry Japan gal if I am stealing some of your ideas.

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There is the good and bad in all cultures, faiths etc..

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Although there is a separation between religions as well, this is primarily an ethnic conflict.

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I have no idea what kind of problems they are having in The Philippines with these MILF fighters, but to suggest that the answer is just more brute force is a mistake in my opinion. This conflict appears to have been going on for some time but I wonder what measures have been taken to facilitate a more peaceful resolution?

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Although there is a separation between religions as well, this is primarily an ethnic conflict.

This conflict has been going on since Spain occupied the PI, and after the Spanish American War, the same conflict with the US. A good book to read is called The Moro War: How America Battled a Muslim Insurgency in the Philippine Jungle, 1902-1913, which goes into some of the background.

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@jonobugs I have been following this for quite a while and it boils down to this. The militants want their own land to run under an Islamic government, or so they claim. This method is happening in Thailand and India as well (in spite of the fact that the creation of Pakistan was supposed to be the "peaceful" resolution for India). Good old Islamic caliphates want to be in power again is pretty much the end plan.

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I have been following this for quite a while and it boils down to this. The militants want their own land to run under an Islamic government, or so they claim.

Or so they claim is right. Go read even more in depth, the vast majority of those MILF guys don't even know anything about Islam. They drink and screw around just like everyone else. The Islam angle is just an excuse to get attention and foreign funding, which judging by their equipment, is working.

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This conflict has been going on for years. So this news does not surprise me at all. The Phillipine made a big mistake to kick US troops out while the Muslim has been stirring up unrest even more.

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Muslims, again? Would it be possible to read the news for just one day without having the Muslims make trouble in some parts of the world.

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I have ordered a book "Moro War" through Amazon for reading, Alphaape. I like to read a history book. Thanks.

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The Muslims in Mindanao feel discriminated and they probably are, since the Philippines is about 99% Catholic and a few pesky Protestants then this island of Mindanao is a whole other ball game with the Muslim influence, but it is very close to Malaysia, many Muslims there, Indonesia the worlds biggest Muslim population is also close, so I would not be surprised if $$$$$, and or the radical Muslim hate filled preachers, well, are preaching Jihad etc..hey stand up for your rights, go take this bomb on your scooter on a Sunday, when all the Catholics will be coming out of mass and KABOOM! Blow yourself up, 70 hot virgins will be waiting just for your in Jihadi heaven! This is no joke, this has been happening not only over in Israel but yes, also in the Philippines, look it up on Google etc..so time to invade with more American super power??

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One thing we should make very clear. This not about the USA vs Islam. There are millions of Muslims in the USA.

Radical Islamic extremists would like to make the conflict out to be Non-believers vs Islam. This makes their recruiting of young gullibles so much easier.

Please let us not fall into this same uneducated trap of easy black and white concepts.

What is happening in Mindanao is an internal matter for the Philippines.

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I have ordered a book "Moro War" through Amazon for reading, Alphaape. I like to read a history book. Thanks

@globalwatcher: It will be a good read. You will read it and see history repeating itself today with the same thing that went on in the PI back then. It will provide excellent detail on why the Moros did not like the Tagalogs from the other parts of the PI (and vice versa).

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The war on terrorism is not just in one country, sure Mindanao looks like an off the wall island in the middle of nowhere, but not to Muslims, in fact, the rest of the Philippines being Catholic is the odd ball in that part of the world, thanks to the Spanish. The Spanish could not conquer the Muslims there in Mindanao, the Dai Nippon Teikoku Imperial Japanese Army could not do it either, America has tried and tried, but has not won there. So, the Manila government needs our help, they helped us after Japan bombed the hell out of Pearl Harbor, most of the US Navy looks like it Filipino or part Filipino, so I really doubt the USA will just let the Muslim terrorists there get away with murder, and say let more Arabs go to the Philippines and try to hijack airplanes to crash them all over the USA at the same time as Al Qaeda had plans before, but were thwarted and even Iranians were arrested there in the Philippines too, some kind of terrorist, spy activities so it may not seem black and white to some but the bottom line is after 9/11 we at least Americans, learned that the USA like Europe, Israel etc..can be hit and hit hard by terrorists. The good people of the Philippines already know this too.

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