A war nobody won

My comment on Rappler story by Carmela Fonbuena on what happened in Zamboanga City at the height of the crisis two weeks ago:

The safe conduct pass option should have been explored at the first opportunity. It could have prevented the unnecessary deaths on both sides as well as the hostages. The destruction of property could have been avoided as well. It was a misplaced ego that fed a desire to raze down the MNLF to the ground that resulted in the widespread deaths, misery and loss of property. Zamboanga City became a war zone when that could have been handled as a police situation, or a hostage situation, where the lives of the civilians were a primary concern. It was a war that nobody won.