Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

TONGANS JOIN I MEF FORCES IN AL ANBAR PROVINCE
Multi-National Force News Release ^ | July 4, 2004 | MNFI-MNCI

Posted on 07/04/2004 6:37:01 PM PDT by bunkerhill7

TONGANS JOIN I MEF FORCES IN AL ANBAR PROVINCE

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq - Approximately 45 Royal Marines from the Kingdom of Tonga have arrived in Iraq to augment the I Marine Expeditionary Force in the Al Anbar Province, marking the first peacekeeping deployment for the Tongan Defense Service outside of the South Pacific.

"The 1st Marine Division welcomes the addition of the Tongan Royal Marines to our forces," said Col. Stephen Baker, the commanding officer of Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division -- the unit the Tongans will be augmenting. "We are thankful for their country's commitment to help us bring security and stability to the Iraqis in the Al Anbar Province and we look forward to working with them."

The Royal Marines are members of a ready reaction force and will augment existing security for the 1st Marine Division Headquarters at Camp Blue Diamond Main. The duration of their deployment is unknown at this time.

Tonga decided to join in the fight against global terrorism June 15.

Release #040704a


TOPICS: War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iraq; marines; terrorism
big boys in town
1 posted on 07/04/2004 6:37:02 PM PDT by bunkerhill7
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: bunkerhill7

Seeing some in rugby action, they're HUGE.


2 posted on 07/04/2004 6:41:39 PM PDT by cyborg
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bunkerhill7

For a country of only 100,000 this is a big committment. France, Germany, Russia -- What's your problem?


3 posted on 07/04/2004 6:43:29 PM PDT by farfromhome (Was Clinton a good president? That depends on what your definition of 'was' is.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bunkerhill7

I'm in Tonga, but FR doesn't have a flag for it. Lots of stuff going on here. A good source for info is:

http://www.matangitonga.to/


4 posted on 07/04/2004 6:44:59 PM PDT by pops88 (Geek Chick Parachutist Over Phorty)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: farfromhome

And they only joined the coalition TWO WEEKS AGO and they already have troops in country!! Outstanding!! Thank you Tonga!!


5 posted on 07/04/2004 6:55:51 PM PDT by BagCamAddict (ROPMA !! No words are sufficient to describe these EVIL people.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: bunkerhill7
I have some friends who are native to a little island called Ponepe. (sp?) They're the decendants of headhunters and cannibals. Maybe we should send some of those guys.

The fact that there are headhunters in country won't shock terrorists much but the cannibalism thing might give em pause.
6 posted on 07/04/2004 7:03:07 PM PDT by cripplecreek (you tell em i'm commin.... and hells commin with me.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pops88
Here's the flag.


7 posted on 07/04/2004 7:10:41 PM PDT by BulletBobCo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

Tongans eat dogs. Some people considere that almost as bad.


8 posted on 07/04/2004 7:13:26 PM PDT by pops88 (Geek Chick Parachutist Over Phorty)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: BulletBobCo

Now if it could only be put on the location list.


9 posted on 07/04/2004 7:15:08 PM PDT by pops88 (Geek Chick Parachutist Over Phorty)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: pops88

What are you doing in Tonga? I lived in Nadi, Fiji for 3 years when I was a kid.


10 posted on 07/04/2004 7:23:53 PM PDT by BulletBobCo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: BulletBobCo

Trying to move freight. Sadly, nothing moves quickly here with 'island time.'


11 posted on 07/04/2004 7:31:00 PM PDT by pops88 (Geek Chick Parachutist Over Phorty)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: farfromhome
For a country of only 100,000 this is a big committment. France, Germany, Russia -- What's your problem?

I think that explains it all.!!!!!

12 posted on 07/04/2004 7:32:56 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck......... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: pops88

Ive read that Bali operates on a concept of "rubber time".


13 posted on 07/04/2004 7:38:44 PM PDT by cripplecreek (you tell em i'm commin.... and hells commin with me.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek
The fact that there are headhunters in country won't shock terrorists much but the cannibalism thing might give em pause.

That's what I was wondering. I don't know what they do for fun in Tonga, but if I was al Q'aeda, I don't think I'd behead one of them until I found out.


14 posted on 07/04/2004 7:40:59 PM PDT by Nick Danger (Bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay bow wow yippie yo yippie yay)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Nick Danger

Just announce that the cannibals will serve as cooks for coalition troops.


15 posted on 07/04/2004 7:44:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (you tell em i'm commin.... and hells commin with me.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

The Tongans would be great as cooks. They really know how to put on a spread.


16 posted on 07/04/2004 7:51:39 PM PDT by pops88 (Geek Chick Parachutist Over Phorty)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: pops88

The Tongans would be great as cooks.


I got a feeling Royal Marines have other ideas.


17 posted on 07/04/2004 8:06:02 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: bunkerhill7

This is great! Who needs the wimps of germany and the ever effeminate french?


18 posted on 07/04/2004 8:40:05 PM PDT by McGavin999 (If Kerry can't deal with the "Republican Attack Machine" how is he going to deal with Al Qaeda)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pops88

How far is that from Samoa?


19 posted on 07/04/2004 8:47:44 PM PDT by I-53
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

Not only that but I do believe PIGS are highly esteemed creatures in those islands!;)


20 posted on 07/04/2004 8:52:55 PM PDT by Frank_2001
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: pops88
Here's the Coat-of-Arms:

21 posted on 07/04/2004 9:01:46 PM PDT by Consort
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: I-53

I think about 395 NM. Not enough distance for either of them ;)


22 posted on 07/04/2004 9:19:05 PM PDT by pops88 (Geek Chick Parachutist Over Phorty)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: pops88

Samoans and Tongans (Tonganese?) don't get along?


23 posted on 07/04/2004 9:26:54 PM PDT by I-53
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: I-53
I'm curious about the tuna plant Heinz owned in Pago Pago up until 2002. I have read that it was possibly a heavy polluter. Also wondering about conditions for the workers on American Samoa.
24 posted on 07/04/2004 9:32:35 PM PDT by I-53
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: I-53

Well, there was a little matter of a war between Tonga and Samoa a long time ago. But of course things are all patched up now. But then I'm an expat in Tonga, so....


25 posted on 07/04/2004 9:33:28 PM PDT by pops88 (Geek Chick Parachutist Over Phorty)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: pops88
But then I'm an expat in Tonga, so....

,,, so... it's a long way to anywhere in a rowboat now Royal Tongan Airlines are kaput. Boil up some taro for the rowboat's turbocharger!

26 posted on 07/04/2004 9:37:01 PM PDT by shaggy eel
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: pops88

oops, my post 24 was for you or anyone who might know


27 posted on 07/04/2004 9:39:15 PM PDT by I-53
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: shaggy eel
What ever happened to the satellite thingy, or maybe launch pad thing, where Tonga was supposed to be the best place for something and have the market cornered? Haven't heard a word in years. It was supposed to make the King there the richest man in the world.
28 posted on 07/04/2004 9:43:54 PM PDT by chuckles
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: chuckles

There have been some astronauts splash down in the area back when they were still doing that; I didn't know they were thinking of doing that in reverse out there.


29 posted on 07/04/2004 9:48:00 PM PDT by I-53
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: shaggy eel

I can't even discuss the RTA issue. My husband testified before the commission and freely offered help, but we're foreigners. As much as I want to go back to NZ, I'd prefer it not to be due to deportation!


30 posted on 07/04/2004 9:57:01 PM PDT by pops88 (Geek Chick Parachutist Over Phorty)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: pops88

If only more visitors to our country (USA) were as respectful....


31 posted on 07/04/2004 10:00:38 PM PDT by I-53
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: chuckles

Tonga didn't get the contract. It went to another Pacific island country, but my hubby and I can't remember which at the moment(it's that age thing.LOL).


32 posted on 07/04/2004 10:01:08 PM PDT by pops88 (Geek Chick Parachutist Over Phorty)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: I-53

Tonga changed it's constitution last year, limiting free speach. Anything spoken against the gov't can be considered sedition.


33 posted on 07/04/2004 10:05:45 PM PDT by pops88 (Geek Chick Parachutist Over Phorty)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: pops88

Oh, thanks for the clarification... are there other restrictions as well, for instance, religion? I became interested in the area because Samoa was in the news recently, and from what I read, Samoa is a very religious and Christian area.


34 posted on 07/04/2004 10:16:43 PM PDT by I-53
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: bunkerhill7

Excellent. 45 Royal Marines. Thank you Tonga. Thats ninety more balls in Iraq than France has. :o)


35 posted on 07/04/2004 10:22:11 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: I-53
The people are very "religious." Everything is closed on Sun. and virtually everyone is in church. I liken it to the sower parable, and faith vs. religion. I frequently think, "Have you ever read the book?!!" Generally, the people are very friendly, but they hate outsiders messing in their affairs and they have their own way of doing things. Supposedly the unofficial number of Mormons is now 42%, however the king's church is Free Wesleyan and is listed at 44%. The Mormons seem to be gaining rapidly as they have nicer buildings, schools and tennis courts.
36 posted on 07/04/2004 10:34:34 PM PDT by pops88 (Geek Chick Parachutist Over Phorty)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: pops88

Am I correct in thinking (after having read it) that the ruler of Tonga is a king who was something like 450 pounds, but he went on a diet and was a svelte 300 pounds?


37 posted on 07/04/2004 10:46:31 PM PDT by giznort
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: giznort

Having no first hand knowledge, and never seeing anything more of him in person than his motorcade, I could not comment on that. (I've learned so much about diplomacy since being here. LOL. With so few expats, the only people to socialise with are foreign dignataries.)


38 posted on 07/04/2004 10:53:50 PM PDT by pops88 (Geek Chick Parachutist Over Phorty)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: bunkerhill7

From Flanders and Swann:

Philological Waltz

Oh, it's hard to say:
'Hoolima Kittiluca Cheecheechee'
But in Tonga that means:
No
If I ever have the money
Is to Tonga I shall go
For each lovely Tongan maiden there
Will gladly make a date
And by the time she's said
'Hoolima Kittiluca Cheecheechee'
It is usaully too late!


39 posted on 07/05/2004 5:21:10 AM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pops88

Fascinating answer--thank you very much for your firsthand insight.


40 posted on 07/05/2004 5:59:35 AM PDT by I-53
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: pops88

I believe the official motto of American Samoa is "Samoa Muamua le Atua (In Samoa, God Is First.)"


41 posted on 07/05/2004 6:52:07 AM PDT by I-53
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: chuckles
What ever happened to the satellite thingy, or maybe launch pad thing, where Tonga was supposed to be the best place for something and have the market cornered?

,,, I vaguely recall that. If we've heard nothing and Tonga is persisting with a media blanket, I bet something's up! :)

42 posted on 07/05/2004 1:13:21 PM PDT by shaggy eel
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: pops88
As much as I want to go back to NZ, I'd prefer it not to be due to deportation!

,,, I'd like to be deported if Mr Helen Klark gets in for a third term here. I've got a EU passport, so I'd gladly go, even as cargo.

43 posted on 07/05/2004 1:15:14 PM PDT by shaggy eel
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson