We must prepare for war-A A +A
By Ben Emata
Friday, September 7, 2012
THE world is shaky. International human relations are shaky too. A lot of countries, it seems, do not understand with each other anymore. Or if they still have good relationship, it is quite bad. It does not look precious and lovely.
Some world leaders have ugly attitude and are not so friendly like many years ago. World power is dominated by a few big nations who themselves are not having beautiful relationship. The problem is they have nuclear weapons which if used irresponsibly, can blow out earth in not so long a period.
The Philippines has always been a very weak country. It’s some of our leaders who became powerful, wealthy and strong. Some of them just disappear and perhaps settle somewhere else beyond the reach of suspicion or prosecution. A lot of them have properties in foreign lands either registered in their names or in someone’s name. Their estate properties are safe under the care of others. And who will run after them or their properties in such a situation?
Our Armed Forces is weak. It lacks men, guns and other powerful weapons. We lack modern war materials and surely we cannot face any enemy in a war.
Again, this is the fault of our leaders who never paid any attention to strengthen our military. We have age-old cannons, old units of planes, poorly equipped small vessels that could not even fight the smuggler in Mindanao. We simply are weak. We have so many officers in the military with few soldiers without proper weapons.
How can we defend our country in case of aggression? How can we drive from our shores our enemies? How can we fight face to face when we lack the weapons?
I cannot imagine how we can protect our country, our people and all things around us with such military and people. If we cannot engage in a few hours of war, we have to surrender or face annihilation.
It is not too late. We have to modernize our military. By all means we have to procure big guns, howitzers, new jet fighters, gunboats, submarines and get more men to man our military.
Now is the time, not tomorrow, because the world is shaky and we can never tell when our enemies will step on our soil. We have to prepare to fight in any kind of modern war. We cannot run away because this is our country and we must defend it to the last drop of our blood.
Reduce expenditures in some departments and use the funds to buy modern equipment.
By all means, we must modernize our military or we face extinction from the hands of strong neighbors who are eyeing our shores, our mountains and other natural resources. They can annex our place as part of their strong nation and they can do that because we are weak.
I hope our leaders will wake up and prepare for actions. We must be ready to die fighting for our land rather than ready to run away.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 08, 2012.