why the spectacularly successful Colombia rescue mission couldn’t have happened in the Philippines:
1. Did you say a yearlong operation?
2. Two helicopters in use, with 39 helicopters waiting on standby? The Philippine Air Force doesn’t have even half that number.
3. The Abu Sayyaf doesn’t have a supreme commander
, and thus a reason to bring; there is no “there” to justify bringing the different groups of hostages together.
4. Humanitarian mission or not, the Abu Sayyaf would have searched the helicopters. Not to look for arms but to “ask” for tokens: cellphones, wristwatches, flashlights, yes, even those Che Guevara shirts.
The secret mission would have been reported in the papers. Secret? What secret?
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