ULULATION ON TERRORISM
It has been announced that the Philippines, as a member of the UN Security Council, is elected Chairman of a Special Committee against Terrorism. It is proudly claimed that we get that chairmanship partly because of the country’s unrelenting fight against terrorism.
That official stand is fatuous, to say the least. Our stance is beyond the nation’s capacity to successfully meet the obligations. We do not have the resources. Our budget could hardly provide for the people’s basic needs. And that is the reason that the Philippines cannot move without linking our efforts with the United States, whose interests on the matter are much deeper and different from ours.
It appears all bravado. So superficial is our position that we are crowing to be in the forefront on the fight against terror even before we were formally asked to join the US-UK Coalition of the Willing. And yet those who are in the know, like Senators Biazon and Arroyo, have declared that we do not get any meaningful or substantial benefits from the United States by being a “Tonto” to the only Lone Ranger or “Constable of the World”.
Thus it has come to pass that, aside from our overwhelming economic mess, the country has been faced by concurrent forces of NPA, MILF, Abu Sayyaf, Al-Qaeda, Jeramiah Islamiyah! Our troops have just been attacked by the MILF alleged renegade forces in Maguindanao, as they have been ambushed left and right by NPA insurgents before Christmas.
The internationally over-extended or illegal commitment against the war on terror, the continuous state of preparedness for alleged terroristic acts, and the propensity to overreact to rallies, bomb threats, alleged destabilization plots, not to mention a burial procession for a defeated candidate and a homecoming of a discredited politician – all entail awesome expenses and display an unmitigated paranoia.
The silent majority could not help asking: Is our position on terrorism – which American authorities have acknowledged could not be defeated even if Osama bin Laden be killed or captured – realistic? Is it ultimately to our best interests as a weak or impoverished nation? The answer is obvious.
NELSON D. LAVINA
The date posted here is due to our website rebuild, it does not reflect the original date this article was posted. This article was originally posted in Yonip on March 8th, 2005