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Lecture on 9-11 Final

Lecture on 9-11 Final

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The Philippines after 9-11:Focus on Mindanao as the “Second Front” of the US’ War on Terror
By Rep. Teddy A. CasinoBayan Muna Party List
Shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 bombing of the World Trade Center and thePentagon, the United States government declared a borderless war on terror and led acoalition for the invasion of Afghanistan, the base of Osama Bin Laden’s Al Qaedaorganization. A few months after that, the Bush regime tagged the Abu Sayyaf inMindanao as a terrorist group connected with Al-Qaeda and declared the Philippines, particularly Basilan, as its “second front” of its war on terror, with one Senator SamBrownback even calling the Philippines “the next target after Afghanistan.”By February 2002, thousands of US troops began arriving in the Philippines to take part in a six-month joint military exercise dubbed “Balikatan.” Of these, 160 SpecialOperations Forces were sent to Basilan and 700 others to nearby Zamboanga City toengage in joint military training exercises with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).In the last week of July 2002, the International Solidarity Mission Against U.S.Armed Intervention in the Philippines (ISM) conducted fact-finding missions in Basilan,Zamboanga, General Santos and Manila and came up with undeniable proof that Americansoldiers took part in combat operations in Basilan. The ISM documented the involvementof at least two U.S. servicemen in the shooting and abduction of an unarmed civilian,Buyong-Buyong Isnijal, during a raid in his home in the midnight of July 25 as he wassleeping with his family.The ISM also discovered that U.S. troops would be stationed in the Philippineseven after the Balikatan exercises on the pretext of continuing joint military trainingexercises. That was in 2002. Until now, US troops have never left Basilan, Sulu and thewhole of Mindanao.Why is Mindanao and the Philippines in general so important for the US and itsglobal war on terror, enough to qualify it as its “second front?”To answer this question, we should first be clear what the US war on terror is.In essence, the US-led war on terror is nothing but modern imperialist aggressionmasquerading as a crusade against evil. It is the ultimate pretext for the world’s number one superpower to wage what could be the biggest and most expensive war in history tofurther expand its markets, pump-prime its failing capitalist economy and impose its ruleover the world. Anyone who gets in the way gets the shock and awe of his life.
 
This is accomplished by the following tools: unilateral and preemptive militarystrikes, shock and awe, regime change, torture, extraordinary rendition, forwarddeployment of troops, diplomatic hardball and development aid in the context of neoliberaleconomics and Western style democracy.The war on terror is not targeted at particular countries, although there is whatGeorge W. Bush calls the “Axis of Evil.” It is not even targeted at specific ideological,religious or political beliefs. It is targeted at anyone who does not share the United States’government’s reverence for the free market and for a republican democracy. In this war,anyone critical of the US is a potential terrorist. As Bush appropriately said it in one of hismajor post 9-11 speeches, “Anyone who is not with us is against us.”The war on terror is the other side of the coin of that equally disastrous anddeceptive concept that we call globalization. Together, globalization and the war on terror give the US and its allies more lands to plunder and more people to exploit in the name of free trade and democracy.The Philippines has always been strategic for US imperialist projects in Asia andthe Pacific. As a US colony and later a neocolony, we served as hosts to the biggest USmilitary bases outside the mainland for almost 100 years, making us America’s militaryand political outpost in the region.On the economic aspect, the US has always been our number one trading partner, providing the world’s biggest economy with cheap raw materials, cheap English-speakingworkers, and a captive dumping ground for finished products.With the end of the Cold War, the removal of the US military bases in the 1990s,and the phenomenon of imperialist globalization, there were those who thought we were infor some changes vis-à-vis our relationship with the US. The 9-11 event and the declarationof the global war on terror have shattered those illusions.It was after 9-11 that the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) was put to good use,starting with the Balikatan 2002 exercises. By August, the Mutual Logistics and SupportAgreement (MLSA) was signed between Philippine and US defense officials, followed bythe inclusion of the CPP, NPA and Prof. Jose Maria Sison in the US list of foreignterrorists. The latest development was the creation of a Security Engagement Board lastyear to address anti-terrorism and other military issues outside the purview of the MutualDefense Treaty of 1951.But why Mindanao? As early as the debates leading up to the ratification of theVisiting Forces Agreement (VFA) in 1999, various sources had already revealed that theUS agenda was not so much their return to Subic and Clark but their setting up shop inMindanao, particularly in General Santos City where, years earlier, US military contractorshad already completed the construction of military-standard airport and seaport facilities.Mindanao is particularly important for America’s security interests, as it provides
 
them with a convenient and strategic outpost from which to project its military might in aregion dominated by Muslim countries, particularly Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. TheUS sees this sub-region as the natural catch basin for the overflow of the militant Islamicmovements in Central Asia. The US is particularly keen on militant movements here andhave linked not only the Abu Sayyaf but the MILF and MNLF to the Jemayah Islamiyah,Osama Bin Laden and the Al-Qaeda.Mindanao is also home to the communist-led armed revolution. Many parts of  Northern, Central and Southern Mindanao are known strongholds of the New People'sArmy. The CPP-NPA-NDF is, of course, a staunchly anti-imperialist armed movement andhas particularly denounced US imperialism as among the country's three basic ills. Atactical alliance was said to have been formed a few years ago between the CPP-NPA andthe MILF.But there’s more to it than strategic political and military interests. Mindanao, andthe BIMP-EAGA area for that matter, is home to one of the world’s richest and relativelyuntouched natural resources. Mindanao is not called the promised land for nothing. Youhave oil, gold and other minerals, rich water and marine resources, the thickest forest cover and highly fertile lands. The Mindanao trench may also hold the ultimate fuel of the future,deuterium, which is not only clean but also unlimited in supply.Mindanao’s strategic economic, political and military value to US imperialism andits twin thrusts of neoliberal globalization and unilateral, preemptive military action isreflected in the amount of military operations and so-called development aid being pouredinto the island, particularly the ARMM. Not a week goes by without a picture of USservicemen or embassy officials involved in some kind of feel good activity in Mindanao.In Basilan, Sulu, Zamboanga and various parts of Mindanao, there is a permanent presence of American troops. Just last month, it was revealed that the US was building amulti-million peso military facility in Sulu, aside from the various “temporary” and“borrowed” facilities already in place. In Sulu and Basilan, despite blanket denials by bothUS and Philippine officials, residents confirm that US troops are involved in covert andnot-so-covert combat operations, intelligence gathering, and civic-military actions. Clearly,they are here to stay.There have also been reports and evidences of covert Philippine and US militaryoperations done to instill a state of terror and justify greater military involvement inMindanao and the Philippines at large. In May 16, 2002, US agent Michael Meiringaccidentally exploded an improvised bomb in his rented room at the Evergreen Hotel inDavao City.Confined at the Davao Doctor's Hospital, he was visited by three FBI agents JohnGray, Robert McDowell, Adalberto Rivera and US Vice-Consul Michael Newbill. On May19, Meiring was discharged, boarded a chartered plane and was spirited out of the countryallegedly by fellow CIA operatives to escape criminal and civil charges.

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