“Know thine enemy!”, whoever in the world he may be
By Joe America
It is 2017 and do you know where your enemy is?
Friends and enemies are changing positions faster than Donald Trump can hire and fire people.
It is getting confusing. The US Executive branch is curled up with the country that has thousands of nukes aimed at American cities and the US is angering her neighbors and European nations who are stuck with all the immigrants the US is slamming her doors on. Foreign policy seems to hinge on where Donald Trump has his personal money invested. The good guys are now bad if they do not properly march to the Trump beat (for example, the press, which just a few weeks ago was the cherished Fourth Estate, but is now a pack of liars). Critics and democrats are unpatriotic whilst Russian President Putin is an American loyalist.
In the Philippines, the economic plan is to anger all the decent investors in the US and Europe and then stop the ensuing economic free fall by inviting China into the parlor. And giving Chinese leaders the checkbook and a bunch of steam shovels for digging up Philippine mountains. The NPA, which stands by its vow to overthrow the government and install the ghost of Mao in the Palace, or maybe Karl Marx, I dunno, is allowed to march the streets and parade its deadly agenda whilst the AFP officers, whose soldiers are top targets of the NPA, are asked to look the other way, and ignore China’s incursions, and buy Russian arms because the US is suddenly on the PH blacklist . . . because President Obama asked President Duterte to be nice.
As I said, it is confusing.
Who decides on our enemies, anyway? Is it the President, the Pope, or the People?
I’m confused on that point. The President runs foreign affairs, no doubt about that. The Constitution says so. But the Constitution belongs to the People, and it even has a provision in it to toss a President out if he loses the People’s trust.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t trust China, and I think most Filipinos don’t. But these same People seem to trust their “killer” President, even if the Pope believes each person’s life is precious. So the People’s values or ability to put their faith where their shoes walk or mouths talk or knees kneel are for sure suspect.
Heads are scratching vigorously across the nation.
Did I say it was confusing?
Well, look, I’m just me, but here are my enemies based on my location looking out to sea where, at some time in my thinning lifetime, I expect to see Chinese warships sweeping in:
(1) People who do not understand and subscribe to international Human Rights values, you know, the values that say we each deserve respect, and that protect us all from those who believe they have the right to abuse kids or kill people without trial or diminish women or jail people who criticize them.
(2) The nation sitting in Philippine economic seas threatening to steal the riches that will allow Filipinos to feed their young, all so that the thief’s young can grow up strong, intelligent, and healthy in order to dominate the rest of us.
(3) Anyone who believes using guns, extortion, and threats is a better way to work than civility, respect, and following the laws.
(4) Ignorant people are not my enemies, but people who manipulate their condition are. Trolls who intentionally take advantage of people’s lack of knowledge are horrid people. Disgusting. They should teach intelligence not prey on ignorance.
That’s about it. I’d put some names to the list, but people keep saying I am a guest here and I figure you can pretty well do that yourself.
As for friends, I like nice people, frankly. Earnest people. People who are courageous enough to sacrifice their self-interest so others might have a better chance to grow happy and healthy. Intelligent, principled people.
I don’t like preening people who have to work overly hard to prove they are somebody. Humility is a virtue in my book.
Anyway, I’m clear on who my enemies are. I know a lot of Filipinos have different ideas about that, but both me and my bookie have bets that they are making some huge mistakes.
And, I’m sorry to report, but based on my criteria, it sure seems that a lot of Filipinos in government are enemies of the Philippine State. These enemies have infiltrated the seats of power over years with the generous assistance of collaborators and thieves, and I suppose some kind of anticipated forgiveness from the Pope.
It shouldn’t be that way, but it is.