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“How shall freedom be defended? By arms when it is attacked by arms, by truth when it is attacked by lies, by faith when it is attacked by authoritarian dogma. Always, in the final act, by determination and faith.”

― Archibald MacLeish

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Pinoy LEFT: So rabidly anti-American, so passive vs. China!

The LEFT: So rabidly anti-American, so passive vs. China!
"The truth is that the Filipinos have the right to love their country above all others. They have a right to cherish and protect their independence. " Claro M. Recto
Nationalism is nourished by a sense of history. It is of its essence to know profoundly the past, so that we may be in complete openness with the men who made that history and in intimate communion with their thoughts, their deeds, and their noble lives. The study of our nation's history with its nationalist tenets is, therefore, an inescapable duty and necessity in this formative period of our Republic. From The Recto Reader
"We cannot justify our willing reversion 
to the status of a colony." 
From The Recto Reader
"The demarcation line between what is constructively nationalistic and what is discriminatingly chauvinistic is often very thin and delicate. The demarcation line, on the other hand, between what is a broad concept of nationalism and what is expedient internationalism can be thin and delicate too. "

From Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines—Luis Jalandoni, chairperson of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP)  negotiating panel for the stalled peace talks with the government, on Saturday night condemned the arrest of Benito and Wilma Tiamzon whom he said were NDF consultants.
“Benito Tiamzon and Wilma Austria are NDFP consultants who have fulfilled and are fulfilling highly significant tasks in the peace negotiations between the government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines,” Jalandoni said in a statement released through lawyer Edre Olalia.
Jalandoni said Wilma Austria is a holder of the NDFP Document of Identification ND 978226 under her real name while Benito Tiamzon holds the NDFP Document of Identification ND 978227 under the assumed named “Crising Banaag.”
Both hold a letter of acknowledgement from then GRP negotiating panel chairman Silvestre Bello III.
“The NDFP vigorously demands that Benito Tiamzon and Wilma Austria be immediately and unconditionally released,” Jalandoni said.
“This latest flagrant violation of the JASIG (Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees) by the Aquino regime, in addition to so many other gross violations of the JASIG, most seriously prejudices the GPH-NDFP peace negotiations,” Jalandoni said.
Armed Forces chief of staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista said Benito Tiamzon is the chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) while Wilma Tiamzon is the CPP-NPA secretary general.
"At its best, nationalism would mean a calm and mellow appraisal of the various aspects of one's country, its excellence and its failings;where its strong; where it is not so strong and therefore needs reinforcement; where it is weak and therefore needs fortifying. That kind of nationalism is not afraid to face censure as it is not timid to accept praise, the clear-sighted kind which is Churchill's definition, bravely criticizes country and people when at home, but desists from destructive criticism when away from home."From The Recto Reader

Many call themselves nationalists. And in their own minds they are probably honest and sincere about their nationalism. But if, occasionally, their conduct and their efforts seem to deviate from true nationalism, it must be because their nationalism is purely of the emotional type. Recto Reader
"The truth is that the Filipinos have the right to love their country above all others. They have a right to cherish and protect their independence.

Nationalism is nourished by a sense of history. It is of its essence to know profoundly the past, so that we may be in complete openness with the men who made that history and in intimate communion with their thoughts, their deeds, and their noble lives. The study of our nation's history with its nationalist tenets is, therefore, an inescapable duty and necessity in this formative period of our Republic." From The Recto Reader
Stop The China Bully!

Let us not divert our attention from the more transcendent concept of nationalism vis-a-vis all foreign nations --the assertion of our sovereignty and independence against all others, whether friendly or not. The Recto Reader
"It may be that the future of world democracy calls for an ever increasing measure of international cooperation and organization, for which each and every nation, without exception, must contribute a portion of its sovereignty, on a basis of equality as a condition sine qua non. Other nationalism, as I have already shown, is not incompatible with this sound internationalism. 

But no sane or true internationalism calls for the subordination of our vital national interests. Internationalism is not just another same for imperialism, and it cannot justify our willing reversion to the status of a colony."The Recto Reader
“Since [the standoff], we have begun to take measures to seal and control the areas around the Huangyan Island,” Maj. Gen. Zhang Zhaozhong, of China’s People’s Liberation Army, said in a television interview in May, using the Chinese term for Scarborough. (That there are three different names for the same set of uninhabitable rocks tells you much of what you need to know about the region.) He described a “cabbage strategy,” which entails surrounding a contested area with so many boats — fishermen, fishing administration ships, marine surveillance ships, navy warships — that “the island is thus wrapped layer by layer like a cabbage.” FROM NYT
There can be no question that the cabbage strategy is in effect now at Ayungin and has been at least since May. General Zhang, in his interview several months ago, listed Ren’ai Shoal (the Chinese name for Ayungin) in the P.L.A.’s “series of achievements” in the South China Sea. He had already put it in the win column, even though eight Filipino marines still live there. He also seemed to take some pleasure in the strategy.

Of taking territory from the Philippines, he said: “We should do more such things in the future. For those small islands, only a few troopers are able to station on each of them, but there is no food or even drinking water there. If we carry out the cabbage strategy, you will not be able to send food and drinking water onto the islands. Without the supply for one or two weeks, the troopers stationed there will leave the islands on their own. Once they have left, they will never be able to come back.”From NYT
Can we fight China's military adventurism alone?