Violence Is the Language of Terrorists

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Violence Is the Language of Terrorists


IN a raid conducted by MILF rebels in Barangay Tubod, Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte, the terrorists massacred fourteen villagers on Wednesday evening this week. Nine other civilians were wounded and three others were abducted and used as hostages.

Among those killed and wounded were women and children. Earlier a bomb prematurely exploded in the market at Kabakan, North Cotabato killing the terrorist that was carrying the bomb and wounding ten others, three of whom were his own companions. In front of Awang, Cotabato City airport a car bomb exploded killing at least three persons and wounding thirty others. As usual, the MILF spokesman denied that they had anything to do with the said incidents. However later as survivors of the Kalawit massacre testified that they were rounded up from their houses and that they were told by the armed men (pretending to be soldiers) to gather in the barangay open space where they were then shot, some of the perpetrators have been identified as MILF. In fact, two of them have been captured. Now, the MILF would probably as usual say that they are men of the "lost command," or are gangs of brigands.

I've written before that the limits to the size of growth of an outlaw or rebel group are the resources at its command...meaning the extent and capability of local and/or foreign supporters. If the locals are poor who can hardly make both ends meet, then the number of rebels or terrorists who live and are supported by that community cannot grow much further after that limit is reached, the (rebels) become a burden to the community. Then the community in defense of their own survival would now try to get rid of the armed groups who extort or share their shelter and food supplies. How? By reporting the presence of the rebels to the authorities. Before 9/11 occurred, money from abroad from the ideological rebel sympathizers and friends was easier to come by. After that incident, and the AMLA (antimoney laundering act) laws were implemented throughout the world the foreign sources of funds for the rebels have practically dried up. This is part of the reason why there is an upsurge of effort on the part of the rebels of all kinds to collect "rebel taxes." In addition, they have engaged in kidnapings, robberies, holdups, etc. in order to sustain their armed groups. It is therefore logical to believe that the alleged various groups of "lost commands," and gangs like the Pentagon are members of the rebel groups on "leave" as special operations groups to raise logistics for their "regular" forces. …

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