I have been very busy at work and, unfortunately, unable to take part in these conversations with the news board congregation. I too was thinking of posting this exact same topic. This board is certainly good to get a full array of opinions, whether similar to my beliefs or not.
Personally, I think the Filipino government made a grave mistake that will put the rest of the world in a more dangerous situation. They gave in to terrorists. They gave the terrorist organizations strength in a troubling non-productive period. As much as some people like to believe that President Bushís administration helps terrorist recruitment, it pales in comparison to the recruiting gains they will get from being successful. First, they altered the outcome of the Spanish elections then they make an entire country abandon allegiances.
Following the United States' lead, which I admit isnít always the best thing to do, the rest of NATO had taken the stance that dealing with terrorists was incredibly counter-productive and not something that would be done. However, the Philippines put the survival of one man over the future sovereignty of our world. I am not trying to sound incredibly insensitive, I am glad that man did not die; I just believe it was the wrong choice for the masses of the world.