On the chilling occasion of the deadly and dreadful war now taking place in Mindanao – on otherwise naturally rich and potentially prosperous region in the Country – a persistent question that comes to mind is one and the same. Is the war in Mindanao just?
If so, what makes it a just war? Who sees to it that the war is just? In the event the war is just, why not have war all over the Country in promotion of the sorely needed justice in the land?
Hence, let war also waged in the Visayas and Luzon. In addition to Mindanao, let there be more thousands of shotguns distributed in more and more provinces in preparation for war – even if the local officials concerned get also more and more tongpats from purchase.
The unconscionable truth is that war makes a great business. As people are killed in war, there are always those who make big money killing in war trafficking. Just for the record, let it be noted that as the resources of others are destroyed by war, those however who make war their trade in effect, build up their wealth.
But the question remains and begs for an answer: When is a war just?
The answer to this is curiously found also in questions: Was there ever a just war in human history? Was the 1st World War just?
In other words: Was the holocaust just? Was the systematic extermination of the Jews just? Was the 2nd World War just?
In other words, was the atomic bomb explosion in Hiroshima just? Was the indiscriminate killing of many thousands of civilian men, women and children just? Is the Iraq War just?
In other words: Is it just to have thousands of invading soldiers killed and more thousands of locals sent to their death as “collateral damage” – with more people still to be killed as the days go on and as the war continues?
It is definite and defined that any and all wars are unjust. In other words, there is no such animal as a just war. Only fools say otherwise. Only clowns wear smiles during war. And only those whose business is war, rejoice when war is actually waged.
Everybody else – if still alive and well – think, feel and say that there are no winners in war. And those who want war, let them go to the front lines and do their war dance there until they stop a bullet at hitting somebody else in its way.
The war in Mindanao is grim and gross. And those who are the casual factor those of the war, who provided the occasion for it, are not only censurable but also squarely answerable for the debacle: to agree to what is basically not agreeable, to promise what cannot be really done, to give way what is not theirs to dispose of, and to expose the lives of others while very carefully saving thins their own hides.
This is certainly not the way of the honorable much less the actuation of rational individuals. These are the characters squarely accountable for the War in Mindanao.
At their feet should be laid the dead and mutilated bodies of the war victims. In due time, justice will surely catch up with these purveyors of injustice – as it is already haunting and hunting them right now.
September 1, 2008