Demystification of a myth

“WE have no eternal allies and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our
duty to follow.”

Thus said Henry John Temple known popularly as Lord Palmerston, a British statesman best remembered for his direction of British foreign policy through a period when the United Kingdom was at the height of its power in the mid-19th century, serving terms as both Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister.

This insightful statement is the fundamental principle that should guide the foreign policy makers of nations including ours as its truth and potency had been proven time and time again.

But lo and behold! Our foreign policy since 1946 is always framed with Washington’s possible reaction in mind.

Perhaps this form of subservience is due to our so-called “special relationship” with the United States which began when it brutally crushed our aspirations for freedom in the early 1900’s.

Our policy makers should be reminded that the U.S., the sole super power on earth albeit declining, is not in the business of establishing “special relationships” for it adheres strictly to Temple’s famous dictum.

Its actions vis-à-vis foreign countries is non-sentimental and always dictated by its strategic geopolitical interests which at the moment centers on securing sources of natural gas and fossil fuel to ensure its continued hegemony in the world.

This is something our policy makers and political leaders should always consider not deliberately ignore as a matter of duty to the nation lest they be accused of betraying our people.

The U.S. has no problem clothing itself in sheep’s wool to ensure that its worldwide interests are protected.

Take for example the recent revelation in WikiLeaks, an international non-profit organization of whistle blowers, showing that Washington had a direct hand in the ill-fated deal to create a Bangsamoro Juridical Entity in 2008 that nearly led to the dismemberment of the Philippines.

Despite the constant rhetoric about the existence of a special relationship forged in blood in Bataan during the Second World War between the U.S. and the Philippines, the powerful North American government had no qualms in dealing and supporting Muslim secessionists in Mindanao never mind that it could cause the dismemberment of an allied country.

The U.S. is obviously eyeing the potential of Mindanao as an abundant source of oil and natural gas hence its 2008 decision to engage the Muslims rebels.

Obviously it felt that the rebels could be handled better than its own lackeys here in Manila.

It is fortunate that some key people in the Arroyo regime felt slighted by the American intervention and realized its consequences, and leaked the whole thing to the media before any agreement could be reached forcing the regime to backtrack, especially after the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain which would lead to the creation of a separate Moro homeland.

The American intervention, according to Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo, was apparent in the terms of the MOA-AD which include the handing over of the funding for the socio-economic projects in Mindanao to the World Bank and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), organizations are run by the U.S. government.

If not for the leakage, we could now have a dismembered country. With a special friend like this, who needs an enemy?

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Then go and visit Bato Springs in Barangay San Cristobal, San
Pablo City.

Located at the foot of the mystical Mt. Banahaw, Bato Springs is just one hour and 30 minute drive from Manila. You have a spacious parking space that could even accommodate tourist buses and first class amenities for all your business and pleasure needs.

For more information call Ms. Elaine Garchitorena at 0495620976.

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