I am just dumbfounded at this news. The Phillipines have decided to withdraw their troops from Iraq in exchange for the release of a Filipino hostage held by Islamist terrorists. Do they really think that this will stop violence? It might stop any Filipino's being taken hostage for awhile but that's it. All this will do is embolden the terrorists to go after the smaller members of the coalition and try and pick them off one by one.
This is all the more surprising considering the resistance that the Filipinos put up against the Japanese in WWII.
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