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The Philippine government has confirmed that there were Filipino terrorists killed in raids by Iraqi military last week that took out 85 of the terrorists. Whether these are members of the Abu Sayyaf is not yet known. Didn't the government of the Philippines demand that all Filipinos leave Iraq? How dare these terrorists stay there and train!

Philippine Star

The Philippines is verifying with the Iraqi military a report that Filipinos were among insurgents killed in a United States-backed assault last week in Iraq, the foreign affairs department said yesterday.

Malacañang [President Arroyo] has expressed concern over reports that Filipinos were among the suspected insurgents killed in the assault.


He said that if it is confirmed that there were Filipinos among the insurgents killed in the assault, the government "will exert efforts to repatriate (their remains)" because "it is the obligation of the Philippine government."


Meanwhile, military officials have warned of a possible rise in terrorist threats in Mindanao.

A Philippine Army intelligence officer told Reuters there is a "very high probability Filipinos were training in Iraqi rebel bases. In the past, local Muslim separatists fought in the Afghan war against the Soviets."

Security officials and analysts say the Abu Sayyaf has ties to the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), a regional network of terrorists linked to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda terrorist network and rogue members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which is due to restart peace talks with the government next month.


He said the presence of Filipinos in Iraq had serious security implications for Mindanao, which is wracked by a 37-year separatist insurgency that has killed over 120,000 people and stunted development of the resource-rich island.

You want to know why you've had a 37-year-old terrorist problem Philippines? Because you're having "peace talks" with them. You cannot negotiate with terrorists. Their goal is to own that island and if you think them signing some stupid treaty is going to stop them you are a fucking idiot. They'll just use the time to re-arm and continue the "separatist insurgency". Another way not to have a continuous decades long terrorism problem is to stop paying ransom and funding them.

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Your logic amuses me. It is the lack of negotiation with words that unfortunately leads to certain people negotiating with weapons.

Posted by: Collin Baber on March 29, 2005 03:55 PM

Why bother repatriating the remains of those who were fighting alongside those who'd been killing your nation's soldiers? Only reason I can see for doing that is to make sure the remains ended up as pig-feed.

Posted by: Cybrludite on March 29, 2005 10:11 PM

Obviously we must start profiling Filipinos along with Arabs. We will even have to consider Filipinos along with Arabs for internment, a possibility that Michelle Malkin has bravely helped us consider--oh, wait! Ms. Malkin is herself Filipino! Never mind, then.

Posted by: Irate Savant on March 30, 2005 09:06 AM

If they're from Mindinao and/or we have reason to believe they may be associated with JI or Abu Sayif, then, yes they should get a bit of extra scrutiny going through customs. Perhaps if you'd drink something other than bong water, you'd notice that there's no plans for the internment of Muslims and that the US government from President Bush on down have been stressing tolerance for muslims not involved with terrorism. Arguing policy based on rantings too paranoid for Art Bell isn't going to win you many arguements.

Posted by: Cybrludite on March 31, 2005 05:43 AM

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