Everyone and his uncle has a theory on why the Lim tape was released, and who did the releasing, but what irks me are those who issue dares to supporters of Lim to come out in the open, not because they believe support for Lim was right, but because they think it was wrong.
Why should they? To be ducks fish in a barrel, and in the line of fire of a government engaged in reliving the tactics of the martial law government and the Japanese Occupation?
The last thing a person owes a regime to which he is opposed is cooperating in his own destruction. That’s the regime’s job -bluntly put, self-defense allows it to destroy its enemies, but you can’t expect anyone to do it any favors (if it respected certain limits, it might have right on its side; but this is not a government that respects any limits). And for people to cackle at a supposed lack of courage on the part of those being dared to put the noose around their necks, only shows how easy it is to demand courage from way behind the front lines. After all, the President on down has the might of the armed forces, police, the investigative and prosecutorial arms of the civilian State, to secure them; the rest have nothing but their wits and wiles. Don’t ask favors from those to whom not a single favor are being granted by you (such as even the benefit of the doubt when it comes to convictions).
The news, even if half true, points to more agonizing over the consequences of their actions than has ever, at any time, been demonstrated by those claiming to have legitimacy. You can be sure there has never been an iota of concern for avoiding bloodshed, or preserving rights and freedoms, on the part of the administration. None. And now you demand the “courage of convictions” from the opponents of the regime?
At the end of the day, the South China Morning Post’s headline sums the whole thing up: Arroyo is fake leader, says general in videotape. And the question demands an answer: agree or disagree? Regardless of whether the tape is genuine or not. Meanwhile, perhaps the Palace is happy it is making Gen. Senga sweat. Or it is confident enough to try to smoke out residual rebels. And likes the chance it has to bare its fangs.
In other things… Max Soliven says Sec. Mike Defensor’s brainchild is the Madyaas Confederation, being launched tomorrow.
I’ve never understood opposition to raising tuition fees, because as the opposition is usually phrased, it’s opposing the wrong thing: a denial that things actually cost money. A quality education is expensive. What should be made available are means to extend loans or subsidies to cover the real costs of a quality education: and that involves many other reforms, such as allowing people to have jobs that enable them to give back what was given to them.
And what’s this about a Google PC?
In the punditocracy, My column for today, Complicity’s price, points to the real confrontation going on in our society. In 2004, the President decided (at best) Philippine democracy had to be saved from the people or (at worst) that she would stay in power by hook or by crook. Probably both. And many others felt the same way, and assisted the President. To my mind, if, in opposition to the President, others then try to go where the President and some of her supporters already were in 2004, how can they complain in 2006?
Manuel Buencamino on using religion versus religion.
Adel Tamano tries to explain why the President should welcome impeachment. Brian Yap speaks of a Malaysian malaise.
In the blogosphere, Pajamas Media is abuzz with the missile tests of North Korea.
Out of my mind weighs in with a different view on bishops and impeachment. He bewails the continued erosion of civility.
Bunker Chronicles has advice for the opposition.
Belmont Club on Jose Abad Santos. Also refer to this and this in the Philippines Free Press blog.
Achieving Happiness on words as weapons.
Iloilo City Boy on sex video scandals in his city.
Another Hundred Years hence has two fascinating entries, here and here, on maps, and planning such as the puzzling lack of interconnectivity of transport systems.
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