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Justice Demands War

November 3, 2011

“War is a matter of vital importance to the State; the province of life or death; the road to survival or ruin. It is mandatory that it be thoroughly studied.” — Sun Tzu

President Noynoy Aquino’s compromising, suicidal “all-out-justice” rhetoric appears to be foundation- the bedrock- of the government’s policy of appeasement. The separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) spate of attacks on government soldiers and innocent civilians over the past weeks did not just reveal the true nature of the nation’s enemy,  it also exposed the current administration’s ignoble weakness: its inability to deal with its enemies and to make right and crucial military decisions, and political relativism.

Yes, the Aquino administration miserably and disgustingly holds on to its policy of appeasement, which will definitely put the country’s security in a compromising, uncertain situation, because of its policy-makers’ utter inability to understand the nature (and what motivates) the nation’s enemy. However, I believe that the fundamental source of the current administration’s dangerous security and military policies is moral and political relativism.

Relativism per se is defined as “the concept that points of view have no absolute truth or validity, having only relative, subjective value according to differences in perception and consideration.” It maintains that there is no absolute, objective universal truth. Political relativism is essentially the result of moral relativism, “the philosophical theory that morality varies between individuals and cultures and so there is no objective right and wrong.” The moral relativists believe that each and every society determines its code of morality according to the belief, whims of feelings of the majority or according to the established culture, tradition, social norm, etc. This means that if the majority of a society wants to establish slavery or to slaughter a certain race or a group of people, that’s perfectly moral, according to the view of the moral relativists.

Political relativism, on the other hand, is the result of a person’s or a group of people’s subjective view of morality. It is the result of one’s compromising, non-absolute view of morality as well as myopic view of reality. In the realm of politics, nothing can be more dangerous to a nation’s security and sovereignty than political relativism. It is the inability of the political relativists in power to assess any crucial problem or any situation involving national security that makes them the main enemy of the nation and of the people. In any situation or event involving military conflict, the political relativists in power are indispensable part of the Fifth Column.

Yes, nothing can be more of a threat to national security and sovereignty than the political relativists in the government who embolden and strengthen the enemy through their policy of appeasement and inability to assess the situation and to know the nature and what motivates the enemy. That makes these political relativist politicians in the government essential part of the enemy’s Fifth Column.

President Aquino and his political relativist security advisers and minions are indeed the MILF’s, the Communists’ and other rebel group’s FIFTH COLUMN. Through the president’s destructive and suicidal policy of appeasement, the government becomes the most effective Fifth Column that the nation’s enemies could ever devise. The President and his political relativist security and defense advisers are doing their part as if they took orders consciously from the MILF, the NPA and other rebel/separatist groups. And whether they want it or not, they are pushing the nation towards the path of destruction. Indeed, the whole nation is now in a Trojan situation, as the President helps build the enemy’s Trojan Horse.

What is this dangerous, suicidal policy of appeasement I’m talking about? The President admitted that he gave P5-million tribute, which is a treasonous act, to the leader of the secessionist MILF, the terror group that killed 19 of our soldiers in October 18 and has been conducting terror attacks against government armies and civilians for years. That clearly wasn’t a gift; it was treason! Worse, the President claimed that what he did was part of government tradition, as previous administrations also paid tribute to the separatist Islamic group. Just recently, media reports revealed that the this administration is set to spend P31 million in livelihood projects in communities occupied by the communist breakaway group Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa Pilipinas-Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPMP-RPA-ABB). It is also set to release P1.8 billion to accelerate peace process by funding various projects aimed to reduce poverty and vulnerability in conflict-affected areas in the country. Thus, part of the President’s policy of appeasement is to throw money at the enemy. But will it work?

When it comes to national security, the whole nation is indeed faced with two main enemies: 1) the problem involving the separatist rebel groups composed of the MILF, MNLF, Abu Sayaff group, the CPP-NPA and other breakaway communist groups; 2) the political relativist administration’s policy of appeasement. But which of the two poses clear and imminent danger to our security and freedom? I believe it’s the second.

The president’s policy of appeasement is the exact replica of former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s rhetoric of appeasement that helped bolster the guts and grit of Germany’s absolute fuhrer Adolf Hitler to pursue his plan to dominate the world:

We should seek by all means in our power to avoid war, by analysing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of collaboration and good will. I cannot believe that such a programme would be rejected by the people of this country, even if it does mean the establishment of personal contact with the dictators.

“We are not for all-out war. We are for all-out justice,” President Aquino said.

The following statement exposes the commander-in-chief’s suicidal, dangerous political relativism and unwillingness to understand our security problem:

“We recognize that these calls for all-out war may come from those who do not have a full awareness of all the factors at play. However, my decisions cannot be borne out of ignorance. They have to be based on available facts.

“If we go down this path, more innocent civilians will be put in harm’s way. The difficult peace process cannot be enhanced by shedding more blood and generating more ill will. We have to exhaust all possibilities for attaining peace through dialogue.”

Was the president trying to say that the MILF is not a criminal organization, but just a group of disgruntled rebels with justifiable grievances? What “full awareness of all the factors at play” was he talking about? Our soldiers are being handicapped by the government’s peace negotiations. They are sitting ducks, to borrow the phrase used by Teddy Locsin. And what “available facts” do we still need to confront the undeniable reality that this Republic is faced with enemies on various fronts?

It’s time for our government to face reality. And if the government still demands real-world facts, reality offers the following:

  1. The nation has been confronting various enemies motivated by certain ideologies (.e.g., secular and religious ideologies). The MILF and other separatist Islamic groups are motivated by religious ideology, while the CPP-NPA and other breakaway groups are motivated by socialist/communist ideology.
  2. The secessionist goal of the MILF is not motivated by land; that’s merely secondary. It is primarily motivated by religious ideology, which is the main reason why they want to establish a society founded on Islamic law and dogma. They don’t want Mindanao in order to secede; they want Mindanao and they demand secession because of their religion. We have seen this very similar case in Sri Lanka wherein the separatist Tamil Tigers waged war on the Sri Lankan government and conducted terror attacks both against government soldiers and civilians. Anyways, what did Hashim Salamat, the late MILF chairman, say? He said: “The configuration of the territory of the Bangsamoro State may be subject to negotiation. What is non-negotiable is the setting up of an Islamic government in our homeland.” That should have informed our previous and present governments of the dogmatic, radical nature of this separatist group. They are motivated by their deep, uncompromising Islamic ideology.
  3. The communist rebels are not demanding secession; they simply want to turn this country into a socialist/Maost/Marxist slave pen. The Communist Party’s ideological leaders are not fighting a war because of the country’s poor economic condition. In fact, they root for the economy to fail in order to recruit more members.
  4. The government’s attempt to throw money at the problem or the enemy simply exposes our political relativist leaders’ inability to understand the problem. They believe that the problem is purely economic- and that’s the reason why the President ordered the release more taxpayers’ money. This governmental gimmick indeed reeks of political relativism. The president and his political relativist ilk fail to understand that the problem is purely ideological. That no one can ever appease a madman motivated by an evil ideology. The MILF simply wants to establish their own Islamic fiefdom, while the CPP-NPA seeks to replace the current system with a property right-less system that sanctions central planning, total redistribution of wealth, and protectionism. That’s why the Communist Party in the United States still exists despite the country’s tremendous economic success. The CPP-USA simply rejects America’s semi-capitalist system.

As to the president’s new-speak called “all-out-justice”, he should understand that war was already part of our political realities when the enemy, which is determined to overthrow the existing government or to secede, committed aggression and indiscriminately attacked  government soldiers and civilians. To deny the existence of war is to deny reality and to compromise the security and safety of the entire nation. It’s time for our president to wake up to reality and heed Sun Tzu’s immortal advice: “War is a matter of vital importance to the State; the province of life or death; the road to survival or ruin. It is mandatory that it be thoroughly studied.”

Objectively speaking, the ongoing war was not initiated by the government. True, our government is not perfect. In fact, our country badly needs a constitutional reform in order to correct our flawed economic system and policies and to guarantee economic freedom. However, I don’t believe that this is the right time to do that knowing the kind of people surrounding the president. We are at war, whether we like it or not. The presence of separatist groups that have been conducting terror attacks should tell us that WE ARE AT WAR. Whether you like the word “war” or not, we have to admit that we’re in a situation wherein we have to defend, ideologically and militarily, our freedom and rights against their aggressors.

War is an awful thing, but as long as we do not initiate war and aggression, we have morality and justice on our side. But if war were initiated by a group of criminals motivated by an evil ideology, the government has the moral duty to defend our rights and freedom against their destroyers. The moral principle here is: the government cannot just let the enemies of freedom kill our soldiers and civilians. In the case of the MILF versus our own government, justice demands war.

So what should the government do to properly deal with the MILF (including other separatist/rebel groups)? I believe it should do the following:

  1. Stop negotiating with the enemies. That means: stop peace talks.
  2. Do not give in to their demands.
  3. Treat them as criminals because that’s what they are. They are criminals and they’ve been spreading and committing crimes and terror activities for years.
  4. Declare a war of attrition against these criminals. The war should be done effectively through the use of tactical operations (planned only by our finest and battle-tested generals) and most effective weaponry. Instead of throwing money at the enemy, the government should use that money to upgrade our military.
  5. Train our soldiers in guerilla warfare. That means more training.
  6. Most importantly, KNOW THY ENEMY. The government must understand that it’s the enemy that calls for the use of military force by committing indiscriminate crimes and terror attacks against unarmed civilians.
9 Comments leave one →
  1. November 3, 2011 3:38

    I am not comfortable with more war. War vs NPA is already 42 years old (since 1969) and war vs MNLF then MILF is already 43 years old (since 1968). No end in sight for all these wars. I think we shall have another 42-43 years of war or longer. The state should look inwards and stick to the rule of law. It’s government forces like the AFP and PNP that prolong the war, otherwise their bloated budget will shrink.

    • November 3, 2011 3:38

      “It’s government forces like the AFP and PNP that prolong the war, otherwise their bloated budget will shrink.”

      I appreciate your comment. I’ve been hearing that argument ever since. But for years or decades the government held on to its peace negotiations not only with the MILF and MNLF, but also with the CPP-NPA. Peace negotiations didn’t solve the crisis in Mindanao; instead they strengthened the enemies and gave them ample time to build and rebuild their army. However, I see that what motivates the nation’s enemies is ideology, and since ideology is their source of motivation, what history tells us is that appeasement can and will never work. People can always claim that the war against the NPA is all about money and all about bloated military budget, but what is clear is that the Maoist/Marxist rebels are ideologically determined to transform this nation into a Maoist/Leninist state. The statements of JoMa Sison and the ideological leaders of the CPP-NPA are very much clear: They reject the current mixed economy and they want to establish a socialist system at all costs and by all means.

      As to the MILF, one should have wondered why the government’s war against this secessionist group lasted for more than 40 years. It’s because they’re motivated by a religious ideology and that’s the main reason why they want to secede. This group is only occupying a small piece of a mountain in Mindanao yet they claim to represent the sentiments and grievances of the people there. People can always claim that the war against the MILF is all about money and all about bloated military budget, but what is clear is that this separatist group is determined to achieve their goal at all cost and by all means.

      I strongly believe that if the MILF, MNLF and the CPP-NPA, including its breakaway groups, will drop their weapons there will be peace, but if our soldiers will drop their weapons there will be no semi-free market Philippines.

      • Fair permalink
        November 9, 2011 3:38

        The ideologies of founding each of these 3 main groups was not merely decided by children, so i think judging their goal as “stupidity” is not right, as they say “when old men decide, coupled with life risking agendas, then there must be a great reason behind it, don’t judge them otherwise your better than them”..

    • October 18, 2012 3:38

      War was never begun by the people and the Philippine republic. In fact, the people have always been the victims of the war initiated by rebels. If the gov’t will not defend the people, do you expect the people to be safe, or would you like the people to fend for themselves against the rebels? Don’t think that length of time is a consideration for the rebels (mnlf, milf, cpp-npa) people who give in to pressure lose the war. In this case, we are letting our government lose by giving in to pressures by the rebels. We, the people do not want this war. We all want this to stop. However, it was not our choice to have this war. The rebels kept kidnapping and destructive terrorism as their weapons of choice. Just because this has been going on for so long doesn’t mean we have to stop fighting those who want to use violence on us. The muslim rebels want the whole of mindanao for themselves so they can use the issue of religion to exclude non-muslims from the land. muslim population in the whole of mindanao doesn’t even reach the quarter mark (25%) yet, they want the whole region to be purely run by them. so, you want to give the whole region just to stop the war? easy for you to say if you don’t live in mindanao.

  2. November 8, 2011 3:38

    Thanks Froi. I think it’s not the peace process itself that is problematic. Rather, it’s the sincerity of the government itself. The rebels — NPA, renegade Maoists, MILF, etc. — and the public know that the government and its top leadership is one huge army of hypocrites who cannot even promulgate the rule of law on its own people (cannot even send one corrupt high official to jail, for instance), so how can it implement the rule of law on people outside of the sphere of government administration? That is why the communist and secessionist rebels, the criminals, are bold in their activities, they can attack on broad daylight, knowing that the civilian and armed bureaucracies are busy with their various rackets somewhere else.

    So the government should have more sincerity in promulgating the rule of law, get real respect and support of the people, and it should be easier to convince the public to pinpoint those hardened rebels and criminals, and it will become a bit easier police function, no need for an AFP. The AFP should be abolished in the long term. Cheers.

  3. November 10, 2011 3:38

    Peace talks or peace reconciliations sound great, but very much dangerous when lots of innocent people die due to the government’s cowardice and compromises…

  4. 1Lt. M. Alvarez permalink
    November 15, 2011 3:38

    rants of an armchair general. hohum. so easy to bay for blood, especially if you’re not the one spilling it.also, keep your suggestions to things you are familiar with (ergo, no lecturing on “tactics” and what not)

    • November 20, 2011 3:38

      I’m sick and tired of seeing and hearing flips who make the following arguments:

      1. “You have to be in the military to know what a war looks like.”

      2. “Stop calling for war when you don’t know that innocent people would be killed and affected by the government’s war efforts.”

      These people are more than morons or idiots. They’re part of the FIFTH COLUMN who reaffirms and strengthens the base of the enemy (the MILF and Abu Sayyaf).

      Here’s my answer to flips whose little brains are trapped in this kind of moral agnosticism and cowardice.

      1. War or any form of armed struggle is a tactic, strategy, an instrument, or method to achieve a political goal. Here, the goal of “war” – or if you don’t like this term, let’s just use “armed struggle or combat” – is FIRST, to bring the habitual criminals to justice; SECOND, to avenge the victims of these habitual criminals; third, to achieve peace in Mindanao; and FOURTH, to uphold the rule of law.

      2. Doing nothing or remaining silent will not only achieve NOTHING, but will also lead to more crimes and more deaths of innocent civilians. It would mean the government is afraid to deal with the enemies of freedom and liberty, and that it has no moral and military capacity to defend the people and to bring the criminals to justice.

      3. Most importantly, it is the proper role of the state- or the government, as the state’s instrument- to protect people’s rights (e.g., their rights to LIFE, LIBERTY, and PROPERTY). To achieve this sacred purpose of protection of rights, we have the military, which plays the most important role or duty of the state– to protect our country from rebellion and invasion, and to protect US against criminals.

      4. The bandits in Mindanao have been in the business of TERROR for years. Peace talks did nothing to appease these radical, religious EVIL-DOERS.

      So what do you want, APPEASING MORONS, more blood? More Deaths? More radical criminals?

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