The Mollycoddling Milksops of Manila

Add the flag of the Philippines to the

International Hall of Appeasers.
Sign this pitiful
nation up for a lifetime membership to the

Axis of Weasels.
And remind me never again to brag
about the

proud fighting spirit of my ancestors.

I never thought I`d say this, but I`m deeply,
mortifyingly ashamed of my parents` native land. The
island nation has gone and

pulled a Spain
(and a

and a

). Philippine president

Gloria Macagapal-Arroyo
has crumbled like a fried
lumpia wrapper under pressure from radical Muslim


Battling Bastards of Bataan
have given way to the
Mollycoddling Milksops of Manila. And ultimately, we—not
just Filipinos, but all Americans and our allies
battling Islamofascism—will pay a grisly price for this
disgraceful capitulation.

Late last week, an Islamic terrorist group in Iraq
kidnapped Filipino truck driver Angelo de la Cruz. He
was abducted near Fallujah while shipping fuel for an
American company from Saudi Arabia to Baghdad. The

sword-wielding kidnappers
, calling themselves the
Khaled Ibn al-Walid Brigade, have threatened to execute
de la Cruz unless the Philippines immediately withdraws
its 51-member contingent of police officers and soldiers
from the multinational force providing security in Iraq
(the troops were scheduled to be sent home next month,

My prayers, of course, are with

de la Cruz and his family.
He is the father of eight
children, an innocent man who was reportedly just trying
to earn enough money for an operation to restore the
eyesight of a son.

It could have easily been a relative of mine in the
hands of the

. No one can blame his family for their
entreaties to President Arroyo to pull out the stops to
save him.

But Arroyo is not merely the protector of one man and
one family. She is not only a parochial leader of one
people. Arroyo proclaimed herself a front-line warrior
in the battle against global terror. Last spring, she
came to Washington, embraced President Bush, and
heralded her tight relationship with the U.S.

“[T]he Philippines is one of the first countries
to join this war on terror,”

Arroyo said.
“And the reason why we did it is
that with in the Philippines know what it is to

suffer from the hands of terrorism
. We know the

pain of terrorism.
And we are with you in your
leadership against terrorism, wherever it may be found.”

We are with you. Remember those words.

Initially, the Philippines appeared to stand firm
against de la Cruz`s abductors. The nation followed the
courageous lead of Japan, South Korea, and Bulgaria,
which have all resolutely opposed the terrorists despite
the abduction and murder of their countrymen. Philippines
Defiant on Iraq,”
one headline read.
“Philippines Rejects Deadline From Iraq Kidnappers,”

read another.

But facing pressure from a vocal minority of
isolationists, anti-American academics, and Catholic
Church leaders, Filipino government officials buckled
within hours of their original decision. On Monday,
Philippine deputy foreign minister Rafael Seguis
announced on al Jazeera television that “in response
to your request”
“request,” as if the
terrorists had extended an invitation to tea—the
“will withdraw its humanitarian forces as soon as

"I hope the statement that I read will touch the
heart of this group,"
Seguis pleaded further, as if
he were addressing

Oprah Winfrey`s
studio audience.

He concluded pathetically: "We know that Islam is
the religion of peace and mercy."
militant Islamic brigades of merciless cutthroats have
menaced the southern Philippine islands, collaborated
with murderous al Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiah operatives,
and will now see every overseas Filipino worker as an
irresistible tool for geopolitical extortion.

Indeed, there have even been unconfirmed reports from
the Philippines that its diplomats may have offered cash
to the terrorists using al Jazeera TV as an

Some observers, including our own State Department,
have given the Arroyo administration the

benefit of the doubt.
They believe that the wording
of the nation`s announcement to withdraw troops from
Iraq “as soon as possible” is a deliberate ploy
meant to confuse the captors and buy time.

Nonsense. The unequivocal message of the Philippines
to the terrorists has come across loud and clear: We
will surrender
. And so has the country`s message to

We lied.

Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores

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