THE PHILIPPINES: Army with Bloodhounds

Ever since he became President in 1948, pudgy little Elpidio Quirino has regularly announced that his government forces have routed the Philippines' Communist-led Huk guerrillas. Two weeks ago, the Huks went on the rampage again, attacked 15 villages, killed some 100 Filipino soldiers and civilians. Quirino decided it was time to tell the people the truth. He went on the radio, admitted his soldiers had failed to stem the Huk tide, called on his people to form a "citizens' army."

Most Filipinos applauded Quirino's candor. But the next day the President decided...

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