Casualties of war

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If truth is the first casualty in war, noncombatants must be a close second.

Here in the archipelago of our despair, 40,000 people have fled their homes in Pikit, Cotabato, since last week, when the Armed Forces attacked a supposed Moro Islamic Liberation Front camp in that town.
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The military in charge

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War has once more broken out in Mindanao, and it has been greeted with fear, apprehension and puzzlement.

Part of the puzzle is whether Mrs. Arroyo is still commander in chief, and why, despite her announced policy of holding peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the military persists in undermining that policy, this time through an offensive that from all appearances could have been avoided.
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The liar and the plagiarist

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Almost immediately after the globally televised speech of US Secretary of State Colin L. Powell before the United Nations on February 5 (February 6 in Manila), President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announced that the Powell speech had convinced her that Iraq is indeed hiding weapons of mass destruction and has links with the terrorist network al-Qaeda.

If Mrs. Arroyo was indeed thus convinced, it was a case of the faithful