Sunday, July 18, 2004

The right thing to do

Well, GMA did the right thing in pulling out of Iraq, didn't she? But why is she still getting flak from some Filipinos? Never mind Leno and the American bullies, they need to put up a brave front in the groundswell of public opinion. But why from Filipinos? Because it appears that GMA made a halfhearted decision, that it was almost too little too late. She didn't want to pull out, but realizing her shaky mandate, she finally relented. Even the ambiguously worded statement smacks of deceit. She passes off the members of the Filipino contingent on leave/R&R as the start of the pull-out process. But they're on leave/R&R even before the kidnap. Sus, gustong manggulang, pero 'di nagpagulang ang kidnappers. They'd release Angelo when the last Filipino troop leaves. Maybe GMA wanted first an arm of Angelo to be released. Paunti-unti, hulugan, kaya konti munang Angelo ang i-rerelease.

But these are not kidding times. GMA deserves support on this one. She should start making decisive moves and not be reactionary. Tirang takot, ang nangyayari sa atin. But this is a start. As we said before, others are bound to follow and abandon GW on this one. He's about to lose in November, anyway. Look, Thailand followed our trail. Marami pa yan.

There is reason to believe that the Americans themselves 'support' the kidnappers, if not outright behind them. They need the sympathy of the public. They martyred some Americans, but nothing happened in the homefront. Now they martyr other nationals, hoping to get the international sympathy, still no dice. Maybe in time, Oliver Stone and the director of F9/11 can collaborate to uncover the truth.

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