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US TROOPS FIGHTING MORO INSURGENTS IN THE PHILIPPINES

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A THIRD VIETNAM?
"EMBEDDED" IN ARROYO'S MILITARY, US SOLDIERS ENGAGE MUSLIM INSURGENTS IN THE PHILIPPINES

With six hundred engaged on each side, we lost fifteen men killed outright, and we had thirty-two wounded--counting that nose and that elbow. The enemy numbered six hundred--including women and children--and we abolished them utterly, leaving not even a baby alive to cry for its dead mother. This is incomparably the greatest victory that was ever achieved by the Christian soldiers of the United States.

--MARK TWAIN, comment on the massacre of Moros at Mt. Dajo, Jolo, 1906, in WEAPONS OF SATIRE, ed. Jim Zwick (Syracuse U Press, 1992).


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by E. SAN JUAN, Jr.


Unless US soldiers rape a Filipina date, or Abu Sayyaf bandits kidnap American tourists, nobody notices what's going on in the Philippines today. But now that Britney Spears just belted out her tempting warble of "sneaking into the Philippines, " can the PENTAGON Special Forces not be far behind to…