quarta-feira, março 01, 2006

Jolo Island

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A proper post for Saint David's day. I wonder if they have leeks on Jolo Island?

Who knew where Jolo is?

I grabbed these photo from Reuters; the caption reads: Filipino Muslim students hold U.S. flags during the turnover of U.S. soldiers-built school in the remote village of Maimbong on war-torn Jolo island, southern Philippines March 2, 2006. About 250 U.S. soldiers are working with their Filipino counterparts in training to fight terrorism, building schools and giving medical aid to residents in the heartland of Muslim extremists.

The girls carrying flags don't look too happy about it. Was there some setting up going on here? They wouldn't do that for Reuters pictures would they? Nawww!

Maimbong is on the last map - as Maimbung. The American marines who helped dig survivors out of the recent mudslide in Guinsaugon, Leyte; or who tried to at least, were taken from activities on Jolo. The man in sunglasses is Sergeant Major James McKay of Houston.

Recent 'War on Terror' Articles, from something called 'Security Watchtower', not sure what it is about but the articles went conveniently back in time and give a perspective.

We live in a political world
Where mercy walks the plank,
Life is in mirrors, death disappears
Up the steps into the nearest bank.

We live in a political world
Where courage is a thing of the past
Houses are haunted, children are unwanted
The next day could be your last.
(Bob Dylan, Political World, 1989 or so.)

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