Monday, March 28, 2005

Threats By The NPA to our Troops.

As you may know we have advisers and troops in the Filipines to help train the Filipine Army and forces in anti-terrorist fighting.

Right now the biggest name in terror in the Filipine is the group known as Abu Sayyf which is an Islamic terror/criminal gang affiliated with Al-Qaeda and most likely works closely with whats left of the MILF and the MNLF both Islamic separatist groups.

However there is yet another group engaged in a small but annoying insurgency against the Filipino government and that is the New People's Army (NPA). The NPA is to the Communist Party of the Filipines as is the IRA is to Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland.

The Communist Party of the Filipines has been pressuring Malacanang (the Filipino "Whitehouse") to get our government (USA) to remove the NPA from the terrorist groups list. Of course this is not happening. So we get this story.

The guerrillas praised Iraqis for "their heroic struggle for having already killed in only two years' time more than 1,500 U.S. troops" and wounding thousands of others.

"They can be made to bleed and die on the ground, as now demonstrated by the Iraqi people and previously by the Vietnamese and other peoples," the statement said.

It is fascinating to see the leftists and their view of the world. The view of the NPA and the Filipino Communist party is stuck in Vietnam in the late '60s and early '70s. 1500 troops in two years is incredibly poor performance. Yes, our soldiers are not invincible, they can be wounded, they can be hurt.

This silly statement also says: " now demonstrated by the Iraqi people". Anyone who thinks the Iraqi people support the baathists and jihadis is woefully misinformed. If the NPA thinks they can motivate the general populace in the Filipines to strike at USA soldiers is just as misinformed. No doubt the NPA and their colleagues in Abu Sayff, the Alexander Boncayo Brigade and their bloody brethren are going to pick off USA officers and soldiers from time to time but they are not going to shake the will to help those who want to rid the world of their pestilential existence!

On an aside I was in the Filipines in 1994. On a trip to one of the provinces our jeepney was stopped at a checkpoint. The people at the point were not dressed as governmental officers so I assumed we paid a toll to the NPA. Later on elsewhere we were stopped at a checkpoint which was being run by the Filipino Army. In both cases there was absolutely no problem and I don't know if the NPAs knew I was there. The army did.