Meet MILF: The Islamic Rebel Group With An Acronym Problem

by
Owen Poindexter
The Philippine Islamic separatist group Moro Islamic Liberation Front, is a very serious organization that lends itself to unintentionally hilarious headlines.

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The flag of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF. IMAGE: Jaume Olle, CC License

The Philippine Islamic separatist group Moro Islamic Liberation Front, is a very serious organization that lends itself to unintentionally hilarious headlines. For instance:

Moro: MILF And Government To Discuss Issues Concerning Power-Sharing

Hey, everyone has those sorts of issues in their relationship. Or how about:

Gov't, MILF: Violence won't deter us

This particular article doubled down on the unintentional double entendres with this caption under the picture topping the article: “every bone of contention.”

For those of you who haven’t gotten the joke yet, MILF is also an acronym in America, popularized (to my knowledge) by the first American Pie movie. I can’t write out the entire thing, but MIL stands for “Mom I’d Like (to).” You’re a smart person, I bet you can guess what the F stands for.

Fortunately (sadly?) the MILF is also sometimes called the MNLF for Moro National Liberation Front, which messes up this potentially hilarious headline:

Palace urged not to ignore the MNLF

Such potential, squandered by a single letter.

In case you are curious, or not amused by the MILF’s acronym problem, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front was formed in the sixties to fight for autonomy from the Philippenes. They conducted terrorist attacks for years, but in 1976, then Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi brokered a deal to end the fighting and grant the MILF semi-autonomy. Tensions have never fully subsided between the MILF and the government, but as you can see from the articles above, they often work together now.

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