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When a Revolution Devours Its Children Before Victory: Operasyon Kampanyang Ahos and the Tragedy of Mindanao Communism

Patricio N. Abinales, When a Revolution Devours Its Children Before Victory: Operasyon Kampanyang Ahos and the Tragedy of Mindanao Communism, in the book Revolution Falters (Page 154), Southeast Asia Program Publications, 1996.

Official Page: https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9780877271321/the-revolution-falters/ "When a Revolution Devours Its Children Before Victory: Operasyon Kampanyang Ahos and the Tragedy of Mindanao Communism" by Patricio N. Abinales is a meticulous examination of the internal dynamics and tragic downfall of the Communist movement in Mindanao, Philippines. The book delves into the complexities of the Communist insurgency in the region, particularly focusing on the events surrounding Operasyon Kampanyang Ahos, a military campaign launched by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) against its own dissidents.


Abinales provides a comprehensive analysis of the factors that contributed to the fragmentation and eventual demise of the Communist movement in Mindanao. He explores the ideological rifts, leadership struggles, and tactical errors that weakened the insurgency from within, ultimately leading to its failure to achieve its revolutionary goals.


Drawing on extensive research and interviews with key figures involved in the conflict, Abinales offers valuable insights into the internal dynamics of the Communist movement and its interactions with state forces and local communities. He also examines the broader socio-political context of Mindanao, including issues of land reform, ethnic tensions, and religious divisions, that shaped the course of the insurgency.


Overall, "When a Revolution Devours Its Children Before Victory" provides a nuanced and compelling narrative of the tragedy of Mindanao Communism, shedding light on the complexities of revolutionary movements and their ultimate fate.

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