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[casi-analysis] Regarding the Philippine's withdrawal

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Friday, July 16, 2004

Regarding the Philippine's Withdrawal From Iraq

When people (or nations) go in together on a project, there are
expectations. But what will happen when those expectations prove unfounded?
When the Philippines agreed to be part of the coalition, did it not expect
that what the US said was true? That WMD would be found, that terrorism
would be reduced, that the Iraqi people would welcome being "liberated",
and that law and justice would be the standard?

Did the Philippines expect that massive war profiteering with no-bid
contracts would be the norm while the Iraqis would suffer 60% unemployment,
or that the US would appoint a puppet government, without elections after
more than a year of occupation? Was it expected that the US would allow the
rampant looting of national treasures and the destruction of ancient
artifacts and books? Was it expected that after all this time raw sewage
would still be in streets, medical care, clean water, and electricity would
be limited and unreliable, that the costs would not be covered by oil
revenues but would instead become a huge drain on the occupiers, and rife
with corruption? Did the Philippines expect that cities would be under
siege and people would be disappeared in the middle of the night and
subjected to physical and sexusl torture, even murder, and indefinite
imprisonment without legal counsel or a judicial process or having their
locations communicated to their relatives? Did they expect an endless
quagmire and being entangled with programs of  massive human rights
violations, including collective punishments, the continuing bombing and
shooting of innocent civilians, and to become the target of an ever-growing
resistance and retribution?

Do not the Philippines already have more than enough of such difficulties
within it's own recent history and geographical vicinity without taking on
even more trouble like this? This is not what they bargained for. This not
just lending some help to countering terrorism, WMD, and a move to remove a

Suppose that you had agreed to help out a friend in moving, but then found
that you were instead involved in a scheme of extortion, burglary, and
murder -- and that serious consequences were about to descend on you. Would
feel bound to continue with such a project?

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