Friday, February 25, 2005

Wretched is commenting on Southeast Asia

and how it fits in to the WOT. Specifically he comments today on the WOT in the Philippines. The Philippines as you may know is a nation near & dear to my heart as this is where Claudia is from. I have also visited some years ago.

Wretched notes how the Jihadist movement is working to set up base in Southeast Asia and then goes on to talk about the Philippines in particular. The theme being it is harder for America to reach the Jihadists there than in other places. He then goes on to explain why the Armed Forces of the Philippines is unable to do too much themselves.

The order is a tall one for the AFP, indeed. Unfortunately, it will take some cataclysmic event for the Philippinos in charge to be convinced the MNLF, the MILF, the NPA, and their buddies Abu Sayff mean them serious harm.

One comment Wretched made was the AFP essentially can pay the soldiers and little else. Even that is stretching it at times. The recent arrest and current trial of General Garcia of the Armed Forces of the Philippines shows that is not to be counted on either. Stories I have heard have many soldiers under his command going without pay for some amount of time. No wonder one sometimes hears of Abu Sayyf (toss in the MILF & MNLF as well here) & the NPA bragging how they got their weapons from the AFP.