My Views Regarding the September 2013 Terror Attack in Zamboanga City, Philippines
Zamboanga City came under attack in September of 2013 by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). For those who may not know, this is an Islamic, militant group which seeks to make part of the Southern Philippines (Mindanao) their own country. Mindanao has incredible beauty and so much to offer but cannot realize its full potential due to the reprehensible actions of Islamic militants.
During the seize, the MNLF killed, kidnapped, and destroyed much property. The Filipino military was sent in and did a pretty good job of addressing the situation.
The Philippines should never, ever cede any territory to groups such as this. I realize Filipinos, for the most part, are kind, tolerant, accommodating and much more but your country should never give up any territory to this group. If you do, the problem will not be solved. In fact, it will get worse.
If Islamic extremists get their own country within the Philippines, in time, they will want more. I guarantee it! They will move weapons into their new, little country and will use their territory to attack and kill Filipinos in Philippines territory. They will find excuses to attack and will have no problem murdering innocent people. They will never be satisfied.
If MNLF were to get their own territory, Abu Sayaf would attack and kill with even more ferocity in hopes to gain territory. Other militant groups across the world would then say: "hey look, the MNLF were successful in getting territory so let's kill and destroy even more in hopes we can accomplish the same."
I love the Philippines and do not want to see ANY part of the country fall into the hands of Islamic extremists. It is naïve and a delusion to think there will be long term peace if territory is given up in this regard.