THE PHILIPPINES: Learning How to Fight

Jet planes scar the countryside with napalm and fragmentation bombs. Warships and artillery bombard areas suspected of harboring guerrillas. Infantrymen burn huts. As villages and crops are destroyed, hundreds of thousands of citizens are left homeless and hungry. Meanwhile, the guerrillas grow stronger and bolder. Hit-and-run harassment has escalated to well-organized offensives. Last week the army lost 28 men as it broke a week-long siege of a town housing two beleaguered companies of constabulary troops.

It all sounds a little like Viet Nam. In fact, the intensifying conflict between the Philippine...

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