Young Filipinos opposed to the US war on Iraq

The Futility of Pax Americana Editorial

November 2003

“Security is mostly a superstition.
It does not exist in nature,
nor do the children of mean as a whole experience it.
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.
Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
To keep our faces toward change and
behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.”

-Helen Keller,
Let Us Have Faith (1940)

The U.S. invaders in Iraq are beginning to learn that trying to govern an occupied territory is much harder than invading a country utilizing the superpower’s vast superiority in weapons, firepower and technology. The Roman Legions of the once powerful Roman Empire learned this too late and were doomed to suffer the fate of foreign invaders. The foreign infidels were either buried in the territories that they invaded and occupied, or were soon defeated, only to retreat in ignominy and humiliation at the hands of the colonized peoples.

Now, the American invaders of Iraq are learning this day by day since they occupied the country that was the birthplace of the oldest civilization. The Iraqi people are making the American invaders and their foreign mercenaries pay dearly for killing an estimated 13,000 Iraqis mostly civilians,during the invasion(according to an American NGO, Project on Defense Alternatives, 2003). Day by day, the foreign invaders are being ambushed, hit with sniper fire, their tanks and convoys hit and disabled without letup by the freedom fighters and forces of national liberation in Iraq. It seems, the United States has inflicted upon itself another Vietnam in the 21st century. You, arrogant invaders cannot impose your system on another country and system, no matter if you invoke democracy(which you are not really practicing at home with the Patriot Act), or no matter if you invoke freedom from weapons of mass destruction(so that you can monopolize these yourself!), because you are doomed to fail.

Ironically, the liberation fighters of Iraq are referred to by the US and Western media as “insurgents”. As a lesson in history, this term–insurgents”– was the same term that American military occupation forces called Filipino freedom fighters like General Emilio Aguinaldo, General Miguel Malvar and Macario Sakay and countless Filipino martyrs and patriots when the latter heroically fought for the independence of the Philippine Republic against the new colonial forces of the United States between 1899-1913.

The US and British occupation forces are now trying to invite other foreign mercenary armies from Australia, European Union, Turkey, Poland, Philippines, etc. to share the burdens of foreign occupation army by enticing them a share in the oil resources of Iraq which had just been seized from the Iraqi people and nation, and also a share in the contracts for the reconstruction of Iraq’s water, power, and public works infrastructure which were destroyed by US and British saturation bombing. Bush and his warmongers are now frantic in inviting other countries to share the burden of spending for the damage caused by the American and British military machine.

There can be no peace in Iraq for as long as American ,British and foreign forces are occupying a once proud nation, the cradle of civilization. The American people must pressure or elect out of office their warmongering president so that the occupation of Iraq is terminated. If not, it will be the Iraqi people that will terminate the foreign invasion forces that have desecrated their sacred soil.

It seems that the liberation of Iraq has now begun.