Two journalists tell a story of mass killings, government by goon squad, an overblown and rampaging military, and rapacious oligarchs. All of this is allegedly leading the Philippines to revolution, and a growing communist-led underground will eventually triumph after a period of even harsher dictatorship and civil war. Thus, the Philippines will be the site of America's next foreign policy disaster, all the more traumatic because of the enormous U.S. dependence on air and naval bases in the country. Some of this may in fact be true, and a solid and balanced account of the Filipino crisis is needed at this juncture, but the reader will not find it in this flamboyant and one-sided indictment.
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