Section 8. The Philippines, consistent with the national interest, adopts and pursues a policy of freedom from nuclear weapons in its territory.In an opinion piece published by ABSCBN News Online entitled, "Beyond the Tragedy, the USS Ronald Reagan" Professor Miriam Coronel Ferrer echoes a line of reasoning and propaganda that most Fipinos long ago rejected and disdained and have come to recognize from CPP-NPA-NDF websites and manifestoes as motivated primarily by that indispensable grievance of long-standing which blames the United States for our own failures and inability to clean up our own messes and make something out of this rich country and its talented people.
Prof. Ferrer refers to the generous offer of having the crew, facilities, aircraft and supplies of the USS Ronald Reagan as
"the token gesture of US President Bush to send over one of the Navy’s prime aircraft carrier, an offer made convenient by the fact that the Nimitz class, nuclear-powered USS Ronald Reagan was in nearby Hong Kong."A commenter on my earlier post on this subject (Sparks) summarizes the rest of it:
prof. ferrer will faint if she reads this blog post!Another commenter (Anna de Brux) charmingly chimes in with:
i do not think the article is "decrying the generous help" of the US. having just read the article again, i think these are the main points:
1. defending the country's sovereignty (i.e. that we ultimately should have a say on what goes on in our country)
- "But the main problem is and always has been that we have had to rely on the US’s word – or silence -- on the matter."
2. And the second main point is her critique of the militarisation of 'humanitarian' aid:
- "we can’t be blind to the dangers in the militarization of humanitarian aid, a global trend where military buildup is increasingly twinned with humanitarian goals, with the end result of more resources going to defense."
- "Finally, there is a subliminal, discomfiting message being sent when warships are glorified beyond their real purpose. Military objects and symbols are deceptively juxtaposed with humanitarianism. The USS Ronald Reagan’s insignia comes with the words "Peace through strength" because Reagan believed that America won the Cold War by virtue of being strong."
manong naman eh. you shouldn't discredit people whose opinions run contrary to yours by simply calling them communists. are you getting lazy?
Dean,I don't believe that any of this navel gazing has anything to do with Constitutionalism or any genuine concern for the presence of nuclear weapons in the country.
You are incorrigible -- what you are effectively saying now with your gobbledygookings is you are willing to shit on Philippine charter provisions so long as you defend US rights to shit on Phil waters. How can you frigging convince people that what you are saying is right?
Read my post you nig nog -- it was basically a reply to your question to Manuel Buecamino, you turd!
what nuclear weapons, mb?"
The rest of the comment had nothing to do with legally defending your hated left.
The position taken here against the presence of the USS Ronald Reagan is really not very different from the Myanmar Military Junta's strange and weird rejection of international aid after a similar natural disaster devastated that country. Just like Burma (Myanmar) the Philippines will probably now take months to recover from Typhoon Frank, in large measure because some many of our pundits are more into radical international politics than concentrating on what is good for us.
I challenge Prof. Ferrer to try and explain her intellectual Constitutionalism to those suffering relatives of the Princess of the Stars tragedy and to the hundreds of thousands of unfortunate victims of Typhoon Frank, specifically the clause in the provision that reads, "consistent with the national interest" which Constitutional experts have declared gives the President a lot of wiggle room in what to do. Unfortunately, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo doesn't know what's good for her country either and buckled to pressure from the leftist media. As a consequence, the Princess of the Stars is still capsized and all over the archipelago people are desperate for help, which of course neither she, nor the smug intellectuals so suddenly dedicated to the Constitution (that many of them actually want to destroy), can give them.
Just like in Myanmar! SUSMARYOSEP!
And if people think only the Left is infected with the Myanmar Syndrome, check out the JPE-Miriam-Joker Comedy Hour.
Updates:SCRIPTORIUM has a fascinating reflection on modern Art in Thoughts of a Christian Art Lover. I've left a comment:
I agree with you that for Art to re-marry Beauty, it must re-acquire a reverence for the deep mystery of existence itself. But I think that to relocate such reverence and sense of awe of the Universe in such a things as God and Religion is now an impossible thing and a fruitless nostalgia. The air has gone out of those balloons and the vast atmosphere into which it has escaped cannot be recompressed into such tiny vessels. What has replaced them are Science and Reason, which point to an even deeper end of the pool, to a greater limitlessness than Christianity or Islam or other organized religion. I am not at all pessimistic about Art as such. What is derided as modern art has been a century long exhalation of bad vapors, to be sure. But it leads to an opening of our eyes and ears and other senses to vistas beyond the Cathedral of superstition and human vanity. Modern man is tired of looking at himself in the mirror of religion and exclaiming “God!” — for it turns out we are the Great Artificer in disguise. Accepting that is a more genuine humility.I think Hubble imagery is the new Baroque!