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The latest news in America’s “War on Terror” is coming out of Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, where it’s feared that networks of Islamic extremists are still at work. In what some see as a first response, American special forces are setting up camp in the Philippines. There, at the southernmost tip of the nation, a small but particularly nasty band of kidnappers, Islamic extremists called Abu Sayyaf, are fighting the government, and holding a couple of Kansas missionaries hostage. But the presence of American “advisors” in the former colony is raising questions, in the Philippines and elsewhere in Asia, where GI’s would be even less welcome, and also here in the United States. Just what is next?


W. Scott Thompson, Professor of International Politics at Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Marites Danguilan-Vitug, Editor-in-Chief of Manila’s “Newsbreak” Magazine, and author of Under the Crescent Moon: Rebellion in Mindanao

and Stanley Karnow, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines.