In order to preserve the conflict perpetually in Southern Philippines, the United States embedded US Special Forces inside one of our military camps in Muslim Mindanao under the pretext of military assistance through the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement [EDCA] signed with the last Aquino administration.
There’s now a no letup military operation against the ISIS-affiliated Abu Sayyaf involving 10,000 ground troops and a Navy cordon around the islands of Basilan and Sulu.
In consonance with his own recent pronouncements of establishing a truly independent foreign policy, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wants all US Special Forces in Mindanao to go home.
International media could not accurately interpret his unconventionally structured message. Below, is the rectified translation for RT article of what Duterte actually meant to say:
“The special forces, they have to go. They have to go, the US Special Forces
in away from Mindanao. There are many whites there, they have to go,” he said, adding that he was reorienting the country’s foreign policy. “I do not want a rift with America, but they have to go.”
He also warned that US troops would face difficulties if they decided not to heed his advice and leave.
“If they see Americans,
they’ll the Muslim rebels really will kill them. They’ll get ransom and then kill you them, even if you they are black or white American as long as they’re American,” he said.
Although, Duterte forwarded this idea under the justification of protecting the lives of these foreign soldiers from being kidnapped and used as leverage against his government, objectively though, it must be understood that under all US-Philippine agreements, the US military assistance is only enough to sustain the Mindanao conflict, and not end it for good.
We all know that wherever US forces are, CIA agents are not far behind, or more accurately at the forefront of all military conflicts.
This well-established formula is working here as it is in different parts of the world especially in the Middle East. The US government’s strategy is to create the perennial need for US military assistance to make way for other forms of intervention, i.e. geopolitical, geo-economics. medical and cultural devolution.
The most glaring and more recent example is the covert US operation inside a Moro Islamic Liberation Front camp which led to the deaths of our 44 SAF operatives just to eliminate one international terrorist who was connected to Al Qaeda and ISIS, both creations of the CIA.
Our leaders, all of them understood all of these, but it is only now that one of them has the guts to tell the world as it is, i.e. the West has no moral ascendancy to dictate other countries of what is right, or wrong.
Here in the Philippines, an estimated 1 million died during the entire duration of the United States’ military intervention at the turn of the 20th century, after the Philippine insurgents successfully defeated the Spaniards, and end the 300+ year Spanish rule.
This lesser known genocide was highlighted by the Bud Dajo Massacre involving unarmed women and children.
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Duterte noted that one American soldier even posed for a postcard with his elbow planted on the breast of one victim. Duterte’s assistants obtained the photos from the US Archive itself.
This is just of those unacknowledged American atrocities in the country.
The people of this country knew early on that the United States was not intervening in the name of freedom and democracy but only for its own imperialist ambitions.
“It began with a three-year war (1899-1902) that most Americans have never heard of. The war overthrew a newly independent Philippine republic and cost between 250,000 and a million Filipino lives – only to be called “a great misunderstanding” by American colonial writers.
After all, the US had chosen the Philippines to be its great Asian “showcase of democracy”. The invasion was a benevolent act. Hence the complete erasure of acts of American violence from the Philippine national story.
You don’t need to be a conspiracy theorist to smell something rotten. Since the 1950s Philippine writers, academics, journalists and so on have been trying to reframe the historical narrative to point out this fact: to be invaded by a military power, told you don’t possess the character or capability for self-government, and then controlled by another nation for four decades, to the occupier’s lucrative commercial benefit, was not to be the recipient of a benevolent act.
Even at the time the war was taking place, one of America’s best-loved authors was writing just as much. Mark Twain was prolific in writing about the paradox of the “democratising mission” to the Philippines.
Penned in 1901, but still stunningly poignant, is this extract from his essay, To the Person Sitting in Darkness:
The Person Sitting in Darkness is almost sure to say: ‘There is something curious about this – curious and unaccountable. There must be two Americas: one that sets the captive free, and one that takes a once-captive’s new freedom away from him, and picks a quarrel with him with nothing to found it on; then kills him to get his land.’
In America, these remain Twain’s least-known works.”
Aside from the above recent executive pronouncement of sending the US Special forces home, Duterte underscored his administration’s independence from the White House by deliberately boycotting the ASEAN-US and ASEAN-UN Summits in Laos, a few days ago.
He knows the risk of antagonizing a superior government, but he is taking up the cudgels nonetheless if that’s what it takes to wake up the people from the Myth of an American Ally.
“For as long as we stay with America, we will never have peace in that land [Mindanao],” Duterte said on Monday.
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