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Posted on 10/04/2013 3:39:19 PM PDT by Fai Mao
I related an anecdote many posts ago about flying into Jolo in late 1980s to attend a meeting on recent attacks by the MNLF on civilians. In the seat beside me on the plane was a European man, who introduced himself to me as a member of a well known humanitarian NGO. He announced his intention to travel to Patikul, or some such town. I told him, thats Indian country. If you try that youll be kidnapped before sundown.
His answer was nonsense. I have humanitarian status. They wont hinder me. He mentioned an affiliation with some other International agency as proof of his immunity. Do you think they care about humanitarian organizations? I retorted. The bottom line is youre a white man in Jolo and if you go ahead with your intentions please reconsider your plans. We parted ways at the airport and I continued on to my meeting. Sometime in the mid-afternoon the discussions were interrupted by someone with urgent news at the door. A European has been kidnapped, he breathlessly related, and the marines are looking into now. I checked the hour on my watch. He didnt even make it to sundown.
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Can't add any anecdotal to the Clancy thread. I'll just relate to a discussion about some one complaint that America can't be the world's police (that was right before the second Iraq war).
That his children and his grandchildren can't afford the war cost. My reply was “When China or Russia became the world's police, then you will truly know you children or grandchildren can't afford it.”