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Posted on 07/12/2004 2:30:46 PM PDT by dead
DUBAI (Reuters) - The Philippines will withdraw its forces from Iraq (news - web sites) "as soon as possible," Philippine Deputy Foreign Minister Rafael Seguis said on Monday in a statement he read out on al Jazeera television.
"In response to your request, the Philippines ... will withdraw its humanitarian forces as soon as possible," Seguis said according to al Jazeera's Arabic translation of his remarks. His statement was addressed to the group which is holding a Filipino driver hostage.
You've gotta be kidding me.
Oh great, countries are now giving in to the demands of terrorists....well if that doesn't invite more and bigger demands....
We are doomed. The one hundred or so Filipino soldiers are leaving Iraq. How can we fight the enemy without the help of this supreme Filipino military force? I am scared to death now.
The Philippenes will shortly be having a lot more problems with the Abu Sayyaf and other terrorist groups, now that they have shown their weakness.
Honestly, of all the countries to pick on, they demand that Philippine humanitarian workers (not combatants) leave. Tells you something about their value system, doesn't it?
It is no big deal except the message it sends....terrorism works. Terrorists now believe they can get whole countries to come to their knees. This isn't a big deal, but what follows will be.
Oh no. I had read that they were going to hold out. What a stupid, stupid move.
Wait a minute. Gloria Arroyo keeps saying the troops will stay. What gives?
It's hard to picture anything worse than removing humanitarian aid from a country in response to hostage taking.
another country folds to terrorism-how pussilanimous
In reply the US State Department issued a statement that the US is suspending all loans and monies to the Philippines and will be withdrawing all US advisors helping to fight domestic and international terrorists in the said country of the Philippines.
Of course this is what would occur if the State department had a set of Cajones, which they don't, so it will say nothing or ask forgiveness.
This Shiite is getting me more upset by the day.
and be replaced by anti-terrorist special forces that will hunt you down like a dog.
it doesn't seem like a lot, but still the terrorists beat them and it gives them the more reason to do it again.
The Philipines were obviously a Spanish colony.
The UN, which cut and run after one attack on their ill-defended HQ in Baghdad.
Spain, which cut and run after one attack on their home soil.
The Philipines, which cut and run after one aid worker is threatened.
And, for dishonorable mention, France, Germany, and Russia, who disn't get involved at all because toppling Saddam would have eliminated their looting of Iraq'a oil wealth through the massively corrupt UN "Oil For Food" criminal enterprise (probably the greates heist of all time were somebody to report on it -- where are Woodward and Bernstein when you need them?).
Who is advising these (censored) to capitulate for one person? Jeez.....
Roger that. What is with these naive governments?
The point is not how many. They are going to try to pick off one nation at a time until they believe they can isolate us. And they are certainly counting on those traitorous bastards in our country to give them aid and comfort. Fifty years from now, there may well be a debate on why Michael Moore was not hung for treason.
I think I'm going to puke.
The real irony is that the hostage is already dead. Probably.
This is actually sort of bizarre to me: I work with a lot - and supervise a few - Philippinoes. None of them are wimps....and they come from a country that has more than it's fair share of home-grown islamoassholes.
If no one else wants to help us take the long, hard road of problem-solving then screw it: "I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."
Nice going, guys. Real macho of you.
Bush has 4 more years to cut foreign funding with the blessings of the American people.
I AM SO MAD...
The USA should say F*** everyone and pull our troops from Europe and everywhere else.
Let these people fight their own damn battles.
After the election. We'll owe those countries nothing when they find themselves praising Allah. We can sit back and watch, saying we don't believe in butting in anymore. It's not appreciated.
The elephant never forgets.
The only thing that is keeping me from screaming right now is the slightest chance that once the truck driver is released they will say 'screw you' and send in a couple thousand troops to hunt down these animals.
Bump. How will our coalition survive without the "Fighting Fifty-One" from Manila?
Iraq is mostly stable now, and a sovereign nation. It won't be long before our guys come home. Even the terrorists are being cast out by the new government, and the borders monitored.
If nations are pulling out this easily, maybe Iraq is a lot more stable than we know. Maybe we're close to pulling out as well. Most of the work has been done. Just a little more to go.
Bunch of Pukimo Molakais.
Not if John Kerry, John Edwards, Ted Kennedy, Pat Leahy, and Hillary Clinton have their way. They are determined to make this America's next Vietnam.
But they learned nothing when they were an American protectorate.
The national language is American English.
This is an incredible story. That's an entire country brought to its knees by a guy with a knife and a grainy home video. I have to call B.S. on this one. When did the Phillipinos ever give in to Abu Sayyaf? They've lost people to beheadings in the past. This is not exactly new territory for them and would send a suicidal message to Abu Sayyaf...
What counts, I suppose, is who is standing at the end. There is a lot of importance to being the one left standing at the end.
The Phillipines has spained on us.
"You've gotta be kidding me."
I worked with a fellow from the Philippines. During one of the "rebellions", I saw footage
of the rebels being lead out of their barracks. The loyal government troops and the
rebels were yukking it up on camera.
The next day I asked my Phillipino co-worker why these rebels seemed to be so happy.
I said "If someone in this country tried to overthrow the government, they'd probably
be lucky to keep their head."
The Philippino said "well, the conflict is over; everyone might as well be happy!".
Shaking my head, I remembered Paul Harvey's tagline: "It is NOT one world."
Over the years, I've gotten the feeling that there are just a few countries/cultures
that have the gumption to say "we'll die before we let you win".
And sadly, the Philippines (aside from all their other great qualities)
just ain't one of them.
A sad note, given the toughness of the Philippino Socuts and the underground fighters
I'm getting fed up with these small groups organizing protests to change government direction.
I've got no problem with the gazillions who showed up in Hong Kong for freedom.
Don't let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya.
You can run, but you can't hide, you spineless sacks of shit.
this makes me so angry. don't they know they are risking many many more lives by making this decision?
We hope. There could also be debate on how General Secretary M. Moore got his start. < / vomit >
They do not have any value system.
Which United States are you talking about, the one of the greatest generation that would take no bull$hite from anyone and go and fight everybodies battles including our own or the current United States with a youth population who don't even know of the sacrifices our fathers made in places such as Manassas, San Juan, Ardennes Forest, Pearl Harbor, Bataan, Battle of the Bulge, Inchon or Da Nang!!
I'm ascared for our future. Make me a current believer.
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