ANGELO DE LA CRUZ was the greatest accomplishment of the Anti-war Movement and the Left in the Philippines since the Coalition of the Willing was formed to overthrow the dictator and terrorist training camp patron, Saddam Hussein.
ABROGATION OF THE VFA would be an even greater victory that would be warmly cheered by the aging wards of the Dutch welfare state who run the terrorist CPP-NPA, and gleefully noted by their jihadi allies in the AQ, the JI and the ASG. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is hoped by some to be on the verge of doing another Angelo de la Cruz, this time over the Visiting Forces Agreement and the Subic Bay Rape case. Here the human tragedy engulfing a 22-year old Filipino woman and four US marines charged with raping her, has been deftly used as a prop on a stage for the rites and rituals of the victimology at the heart of a defensive, resentful, self-absorbed and ultimately failed brand of Filipino nationalism. The same coalition of anti-American media outfits and organized Leftist forces that spooked Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in the Angelo de la Cruz kidnapping affair in Iraq is busily at work again. The Philippine Left, has of course engaged the help of its Continental allies in Leftist America, while local media comrades try to raise a lynch mob in the Archipelago over the "insult to sovereignty" -- a Visiting Forces Agreement suddenly discovered to be unequal after six years of mutually beneficial operation. (No more headlines with Abu Sayyaf terrorists flaunting their hostages...now that was taunting our sovereignty.) Today the Left's real goal, having already gotten the Philippines out of the Coalition of the Willing, is to get the Coalition of the Willing out of the Philippines. It has nothing to do with rape per se, or justice, but radical international politics.
Using political melodrama before the willing media platforms, I recall them pressuring the Philippine government to accede to the Iraqi terrorist kidnappers' demands to pull out the small humanitarian force the Philippines had sent into Iraq after Saddam Hussein was overthrown. (Here's Ka Roger. the CPP's mercurial local spokesman whom the AFP hasn't caught in 20 years, yet almost anyone in Media seems to know his cell phone and can easily tell on some class enemy.) These pro-appeasement forces convinced GMA that she would be ousted from the Presidency if she did not capitulate to the demands of the Iraqi hoods holding Angelo de la Cruz hostage. So, in a selfish, shortsighted and utterly selfish overnight flipflop heard throughout the world in Jay Leno's joke about the retreating Filipinos fitting into a HumVee, GMA did indeed walk out on the Coalition of the Willing in Iraq and straight into the arms of ... China! See the post: America's Interests and the Fate of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The reaction from Filipinos abroad was of course shame at what GMA had done, though everyone was glad for Angelo de la Cruz and his family. But there was emphatic disdain from Michelle Malkin. and the sober analysis of the Belmont Club.
The retreat and capitulation in the Angelo de la Cruz affair, was a great victory for the Left and its allies, but a great defeat for the Philippines which still suffers today from the stigma as inconstant and unreliable ally, who will go back on their own word never to negotiate or capitulate to terrorists, who will abandon their allies when the going gets tough, and for whom international treaties are hostage to powerful domestic ideologues.
Today, the same strategem of intimidation by media-dramatized street protests and ideological pontifications from the news and editorial pages. is being employed to break an important project of common defense and security interests in the Visiting Forces Agreement. The same people who have made a business and profession of hating America want the Visiting Forces Agreement abrogated. This, the Left and their media comrades have been trying to do for years, from even before the Agreement was signed, and long before the present controversial rape case. This time it is not the blood of Angelo de la Cruz they are parading before GMA's imagination, but rather, the stain on the honor of Philippine Sovereignty arising from a completely regular and lawful operation of the VFA itself. The investigation and trial are done under Philippine jurisdiction, while the accused are held by the US Embassy in Manila. But Philippine jurisdiction over the case and the speediness of the proceedings so far, (lightning by Philippine standards) do not seem to be enough. The Mob would have the soldiers under its custody. -- as if the Revised Penal Code's punishments for rape include a public lynching and a relegation to a jail system whose conditions are violative of all human rights, Filipino or American.
Unfortunately, the Philippines inteligentsia has not yet evolved to the stage of granting that America too is entitled to nationalism, that Americans too have human rights, that their government has Constitutional obligations to its citizens to protect those rights. It is perhaps because the Filipinos have such scarce experience of a real government exercising its duties the best it can, and upholding their rights as a matter of principle and not convenience that some would now demand the US Government abandon its military to the tender mercies of Gabriela or the PDI editorialists I wrote about in A Little Yellow Journalism from Leftist Hatemongers. There are awesome stakes in the global war on terror right here in the borderlands of Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. Yet people who call themselves nationalists are working with the Left to sabotage an already frail alliance between the Philippines, the United States and Australia, all of whom are engaged in a major fight with and hunt for terrorist operatives in Mindanao. These reportedly include the Bali Bombers and the "genius of the Jemaah Islamiyah" Dulmatin, still missing and wanted dead or alive for US $10 million.
But I wonder if GMA isn't taking everyone for a ride as she goes to America, Europe and Saudi Arabia next month. She's a lot harder to spook nowadays, having so marvelously survived Gloriagate so far. I speculated on what is really going on in: The Leftists and the Trapos United In GMA's Gambit.
Maybe this time GMA is using them.