Or as they say in Diplomacyland, if at first you don’t succeed, keep doing the same stupid destructive thing again and again because this time it’s bound to work.
Autonomous territories for the Moro Muslims have been around since the 1970s. There’s two problems with them.
1. Even most Muslims don’t want to live in a Philippines version of Gaza with terrible services and thugs all over the place
2. Jihadists don’t want an autonomous territory, they want money and a base for launching more attacks while making more demands
To understand why the peace deal with the MILF Jihadists will fail, go look at the Palestinian Authority. Moro autonomy will once again be a slightly less violent and slightly less corrupt version of the same thing. So will any other Jihadist rump state. Like them it will only exist to suck money out of the legitimate government while continuing to take cash from Gulf Oil and Indonesian sponsors of Jihad.
But they never learn...
“The parties agree that the status quo is unacceptable,” according to the 13-page agreement, seen by The Associated Press. It calls for the creation of a new Muslim autonomous region called “Bangsamoro” to replace an existing one created in 1989 which Aquino characterized as a “failed experiment,” where poverty and corruption have forced many “to articulate their grievances through the barrel of a gun.”
Muslim violence is not caused by poverty and corruption. Muslim poverty is caused by Muslim violence and corruption. This is another failed experiment that will leave the Philippines worse off and fail to achieve any kind of peace.
Rebel forces would be deactivated gradually “beyond use,” the agreement said, without specifying a timetable.
The Jihadists will never be deactivated, instead they’ll become “police” and will continue engaging in terrorist attacks. On top of that the autonomous territory will be able to host international terrorist training camps.
Peace in our time.