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July 12, 2004
A White Flag, Followed By Some First-Class Asskissing

The Philippines ran the white flag up to Islamic terrorists today, caving in to the demands of kidnappers to expedite their scheduled withdrawal from Iraq:

The Philippines said on Monday it would withdraw its troops from Iraq as soon as possible to save a Filipino hostage threatened with death by militants. CNN quoted unidentified Philippine officials as saying they expected truck driver Angelo de la Cruz to be released on Tuesday, but no independent confirmation was available.

Al Jazeera broadcast footage of Philippine deputy foreign minister Rafael Seguis reading out a statement, which the television station translated into Arabic, shortly after the expiry of a new execution deadline set by the militants.

"In response to your request, the Philippines ... will withdraw its humanitarian forces as soon as possible," Seguis said according to the translation of the statement, addressed to the Islamic Army in Iraq group holding 46-year-old de la Cruz.

And so the Filipinos have guaranteed that the Islamofascists will continue its kidnap-and-behead strategy, undermining the efforts not only of the US but also those of the nascent Iraqi government. While their new security forces train to find and eliminate these lunatics, the Filipino government accedes to their "requests" as if they have diplomatic standing. It's a dispiriting display of political cowardice on behalf of the Arroyo administration, who would have been much better served by standing fast.

As if this statement wasn't bad enough, the Arroyo government managed to press their noses even further up the crack of the butchers and lunatics as it continued:

"I hope the statement that I read will touch the heart of this group," said Seguis. "We know that Islam is the religion of peace and mercy."

That stink, my friends, is the aroma of abject surrender and humiliation. It is the same smell that emanates from the Left in this country, and their intention is to bring America to the same low state as that of the Arroyo government. The radical Left will not be happy until we start apologizing for deciding not to be victims and to take the fight the terrorists -- the fight they started -- and to sing hosannas to the hearts of the very same people who chopped the heads off of their hostages and put the videos on the Internet.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 12, 2004 7:00 PM

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