The Philippines insurgency becoming internationalised is very bad news. Until now it has been a very long running local fight – more like the Basque or the Kurds than global Jihad. Let’s hope that Duterte (and Trump) understand what they’re dealing with. What could possibly go wrong?
Hartcher’s a bit of a Johnny Come Lately on this. Michael Smith has been on it for months particularly in connection with the millions of dollars of taxpayer money Bishop keeps funneling into the area for islamic schools, even after they declared their caliphate and allegiance to ISIS there.