We should accept it. War shapes world history and, at the moment (for that matter, as with many moments in human history), armies are locked in battle — or rattling sabres — over differences in world view held by their respective heads of state and government. If Filipinos think that their personal belief in the goodness of their lot and the imagined righteous place in the world order they position themselves will save them from this most fundamental of human conditions, they are tragically mistaken.
Human history is a graveyard filled with the corpses of “world government” bodies such as the League of Nations (which failed to be of any consequence in the lead up to world War II) and today’s United Nations which is evidently sidelined as big powers lock horns across the face of the planet. Much as Filipinos would like to believe that their lot being on the right side of “international law” will save their asses from “evil”, the confronting reality is that they will need to be ready to fight a shooting war to save their sovereignty (or their “national pride” at the very least).
While the Philippines is now in the midst of an unprecedented arms buildup, the limpdicked culture that characterises the society it hosts persists. Rather than face force with a credible demonstration of resolve to use force where necessary in confronting Chinese encroachment into their territorial waters, Filipinos continue to apply mere publicity stunts to assert their sovereignty.
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This limpdickedness bizarrely manifests even in their armed forces as Manila Times columnist Bobi Tiglao points out in his recent piece “Military, Coast Guard turning PH into world’s laughingstock”, writing how “when the Chinese […] defended their territory, fired water cannons to push away the Philippine vessels, and even undertook shooing-away maneuvers, our Navy and Coast Guard officials ordered their vessels around, beat their breasts and shouted, ‘US, help us.’ The Americans, of course, are secretly laughing at us.”
And of those laughable Pinoy-style stunts of late that Philippine news media “journalists” were all too quick to make headline news, Tiglao writes…
It was ridiculous for our Navy or Coast Guard to put a belen (depiction of the nativity with statues) on the bow of their ship as it planned to go to Ayungin. Did they think the baby Jesus Christ would get the Chinese to give up their sovereignty? It was a hilarious idea for this ex-communist, now-lunatic ex-priest Ed de la Torre to have planned to bring “Christmas gifts” to the platoon of Marines stationed on the rusting Sierra Madre. Did they plan to bring lechon, too? Look, ex-priest, the theatrics your commie groups used to stage decades ago no longer work; why can’t you understand that?
When will Filipinos understand that it is only through a strong military — and a visible wherewithal to use it — that a strong country can be built. Indeed, this was a lesson evidently not learned by the the “thought leaders” of the Yellowtard-Communist Axis who suffered a series of catastrophic defeats since themselves undertaking similar stunts.
Jeepney culture is what it is. Perhaps Filipinos see their military and all the new hardware it is acquiring as mere borloloy — quaint ornaments that are all for show but belie Filipinos’ empty “fight” rhetoric. Form will not save the Philippines. Only substance will. It’s time Filipinos build the substance to match the form they strut around with.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.