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GrumpyOldLady
11-15-2009, 09:41 AM
Story Here (http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1513302.php/Obama-sends-letter-to-Philippine-Muslim-rebel-leader)


Manila - US President Barack Obama has sent a letter to the leader of the main Muslim rebel group in the Philippines, a guerrilla official said Saturday.

The letter to Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chairman Murad Ibrahim was delivered to rebel peace negotiators by Deputy Assistant State Secretary Scot Marciel, according to Muhammad Ameen, chairman of the MILF secretariat.

Ameen said Marciel and two other US diplomats met MILF peace negotiators headed by Mohagher Iqbal on November 6.

Ameen did not disclose the contents of the letter but said it was a response to a letter Murad sent to Obama after he won the election last year.

On Friday, US State Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the Philippine government and the MILF to conclude a peace deal before the end of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's term next year.

The rebel group was instrumental in the safe release on Thursday of kidnapped Columban missionary Michael Sinnott, who was held captive for over a month by gunmen in the strife-torn southern region of Mindanao.

The MILF is the largest of the Muslim rebel groups fighting for an independent Islamic state in Mindanao. It first entered into peace talks the government in 1997.

What the hell??

Doesn't this embolden the rebels?
They now are 'important' enough to get a letter from the President of the United States?
That'll tell them that their terrorist tactics did exactly what they wanted.

Wonder what the letter said? 'keep up the good work'?? :mad:

JackKetch
11-15-2009, 10:02 AM
the Moros have been trouble in the Philippines for a hundred years or more. they're hard-core.

i'd love to know what they said to him in their letter, as well as what he said in his.

Big Guy
11-15-2009, 10:08 AM
Probably selling out the Phillipine Govt, kinda like what he did to Poland and Czechoslovakia. This guy is Nevel Chamberlain on steroids.

PoliCon
11-15-2009, 10:23 AM
How is it Obama's letter if someone else signed it?


He said Obama's letter, signed for him by Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell, was in response to the letter of MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-11/14/content_12454434.htm


Seems to me that MILF is trying to claim greater prestige than they deserve.

Big Guy
11-15-2009, 10:56 AM
How is it Obama's letter if someone else signed it?

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-11/14/content_12454434.htm


Seems to me that MILF is trying to claim greater prestige than they deserve.

He said Obama's letter, signed for him by Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell, was in response to the letter of MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim.

hampshirebrit
11-15-2009, 12:07 PM
Wonder what the letter said?

Probably began w/ "Wa Salaam Aleikum" ...

Speedy
11-15-2009, 12:19 PM
Back when I owned my gas station, one of my customers had a jewelry store and small bank. He had a son who was a Marine who he buried because he had been told was dead. Two years later Filipino Army Special Forces took down a camp and rescued some hostages. Among them was his son, still alive.

GrumpyOldLady
11-15-2009, 06:33 PM
Probably began w/ "Wa Salaam Aleikum" ...

I'm thinking you are absolutely correct. :mad:

samurai
11-15-2009, 06:49 PM
Wait, there's a terrorist group called MILF? Are they an all-MILF group? This calls for a song...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZLfasMPOU4

Bubba Dawg
11-15-2009, 08:30 PM
Wait, there's a terrorist group called MILF? Are they an all-MILF group? This calls for a song...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZLfasMPOU4

Beat me to it, DAMMIT!!!!:D

Goldwater
11-15-2009, 08:32 PM
I hope this letter was written and sent with the government's permission.

PoliCon
11-15-2009, 10:04 PM
He said Obama's letter, signed for him by Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell, was in response to the letter of MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim.

How does someone sign a letter for someone else?