Young Filipinos opposed to the US war on Iraq

Winning the Battle But Losing the War and Peace

Yonip.com editorial
April 12, 2003


The military and technological superiority of the invading Anglo-American armies was expected to beat the resistance of the Iraqi people in defense of their homeland. It was a case of overkill. But more than winning the battle(s), have the hearts and minds of the Iraqi and Arab peoples been won over by the invading armies? Or, have these hearts and minds been alienated to the very extreme, that, as the Egyptian President recently stated, “The U.S. invasion of Iraq has in fact created 100 Osama Bin Ladens.”


This will be the factor that will now determine the future and outcome of this illegal invasion of Iraq, where a lawless superpower state, in violating international law and disregarding the United Nations, has imposed and enforced its full military superiority and power against a small country. Its “shock and awe” weapons of mass destruction have heaped suffering and countless deaths among the Iraqi people including not a few foreign journalists, and arrogantly excusing itself for this “collateral damage.” First blood has been spilled, and by whom and for whom?

If the Iraqi people and the Arab peoples around them perceive themselves as the vanquished victims of a conquering foreign army and likewise victims of double standards by a foreign superpower out to grab their oil, then expect this war to continue. It could be an endless war that will spill over Iraqi borders into other countries, especially retaliatory attacks against the United States and Britain. It could be a new type of war by retaliatory and unstoppable suicide bombers. It would make our planet far less safe and unstable than when this war and its battles started. Many are now expecting more terrorism that will increasingly be the only weapon of the weak.

More than ever, in these times of strife and conflict, it is easy for us to countenance revenge and retaliation for violence inflicted upon us. Violence, humankind’s history has proven, is never the solution for a wrong committed. For it further multiplies that violence in an endless cycle of more violence, retaliation and revenge. More than ever, this planet needs to implant in its different religions, political parties, ideologies, nations and ethnic groups, the culture of peace. Surely, we all have our differences — individual as well as collective — as in those above, but they can never be the excuse for us to annihilate one another. Let our differences be our challenge for us to work together to improve and preserve our planet, so that it will not only survive, but will be a better place for future generations. We must encourage the building of more coalitions for peace among the peoples of the world, and the expansion of more ‘axis for peace’ among our governments.

LET US STRIVE FOR A CULTURE OF PEACE. AND IN OUR OWN MODEST WAY, WE HOPE THAT YONIP.COM CAN BE A PIECE OF PLANK TO HELP BUILD THAT BRIDGE FOR A GLOBAL CULTURE FOR PEACE.