Rumbles in the Jungle

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MILF soldiers at sunrise near their mountain hideout, Camp Abubakar

The U.S. war on terror, Bush famously vowed, will take many years and span the globe. Already it has put American troops in harm's way in Afghanistan—and now the southern Philippines, where last week an American MH-47 Chinook helicopter went down in the shark-infested waters between southern Negros and northern Mindanao after ferrying soldiers and supplies to fight on the small island of Basilan. As of last weekend, three crew members' bodies had been recovered and seven more were unaccounted for. That this second front in the war on terror has turned costly was to be expected. The U.S. is helping...