Monday, December 19, 2011

Who Will Defend This Nation?
By Erick San Juan
 
 
Three articles ago (my articles can be read at www.ericksanjuan.blogspot.com), we wrote about the possible shift of our military from counter-insurgency to confrontation with China. Based on several articles that we got from different sources like the EIR, the US military presence here will greatly influence our military’s thrust.
 
This only shows that we don’t own and control the country’s defense goal and only follows the dictate of a perceived master’s plan.
 
From the interview of Global Times reporter Yu Jincui to Fan Gaoyue, a senior colonel in the People's Liberation Army and research fellow at the PLA Academy of Military Science, clearly stated that -
  
"Air Sea Battle" (ASB) is a US strategic plan that envisions China as the main opponent. In a recent press conference, Spokesman of China's Ministry of National Defense Geng Yansheng stated that the plan is nothing new and is the result of a cold war mentality. Why has the US developed such a plan? How should China respond?
 
According to the 2010 US Quadrennial Defense Review, the ASB concept is intended to defeat adversaries across the range of military operations, including adversaries equipped with sophisticated anti-access and area denial capabilities. The concept will address how air and naval forces will integrate capabilities across all operational domains to counter growing challenges to the US.
 
Although there is no official statement that the plan mainly targets China, the intention is obvious. Confronted by a rising China, the US is panicky. It worries China may replace it as the biggest economy and challenge its global leadership.
 
We never get tired reminding our leaders to always be wary in dealing with our foreign friends, this administration must not repeat history of kowtowing to the whims of the big brother and dragged the whole nation to a war in the process.
 
The US Air Sea Battle (ASB) plan will not be implemented without the big help of its allies. It was reported over the weekend that the US Navy said it would station several new coastal combat ships in Singapore and perhaps in the Philippines in coming years, moves likely to fuel China's fears of being encircled and pressured in the South China Sea dispute.
 
Regional defense analysts said the ships were small, but agreed the symbolism of the moves, which come after Washington announced it was increasing its engagement in Asia, would upset Beijing. (Reuters)
 
The fact that President Noynoy supported President Obama at the last East Asia Summit can we therefore conclude that PNoy could be the next war president? After all, he even ordered the newly appointed Armed Forces chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Jessie Dellosa to prepare for war amid the country’s present rift with China in relation to its claims over some portions of Spratlys Islands.
 
In his speech during the AFP change of command at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, President Aquino said that in the past, the military’s only concern are internal threats such as the New People’s Army and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) but with the emerging external challenges, the new AFP chief should also be ready to respond against external aggression.
 
“Whereas before, the focus of the AFP is on internal threats such as the NPA and the MILF, but nowadays we have to be prepared against external challenges, especially because there are those claiming our own territories,” Aquino said.
 
Although he did not refer to any country, Aquino was obviously referring to China which has traded accusations with the Philippines of encroaching into their respective territorial claims. (Virgilio J. Bugaoisan, The Daily Tribune 12/13/2011)
 
The signs are here and so does the signs of an impending war through a regional conflict courtesy of an ally. All by design.
 
In this holiday season of peace and hope, let us all pray harder that true lasting peace may come to the world.

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