Wednesday, July 21, 2004

What Hath Gloria Arroyo Wrought?

Is there any more confirmation needed that Gloria Arroyo has been a weak-willed, selfish idiot by caving in so shamelessly to the demands of terrorist kidnappers?

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A militant group said Wednesday it had taken six more hostages -- three Indians, two Kenyans and an Egyptian -- and would behead them if their countries did not immediately announce their intention to withdraw their citizens from Iraq.

In a statement given to The Associated Press, the group, calling itself ``The Holders of the Black Banners,'' said it had abducted the six truckers and would behead one of them every 72 hours if their nations did not pull out of Iraq and the company they work for did not close its branch here. The deadline starts from 8 p.m. (noon EDT) Wednesday, it said.

`We have warned all the countries, companies, businessmen and truck drivers that those who deal with American cowboy occupiers will be targeted by the fires of the Mujahedeen,'' the statement said. ``Here you are once again transporting, goods, weapons and military equipment that backs the U.S. Army.''

None of those countries whose citizens is among the new captives is part of the 160,000-member coalition force in Iraq.

The statement came a day after militants released Filipino hostage Angelo dela Cruz, whose country gave in to his captors' demands and pulled its 51-member force out of Iraq.

Iraqi and U.S. officials expressed concerns that the Philippine pullout would embolden militants to take more hostages in an effort to drive a wedge between coalition countries and force trucking companies and other contractors to leave Iraq.
Gloria Arroyo is an utter and complete moron, and her stupid but politically expedient actions are about to cost a great many people their lives. With "allies" like this cowardly idiot, who needs enemies?