Sunday, October 21, 2007

Wag The Dog?

This is what we call a creation of a scenario to justify certain future actions or to divert attention regarding certain issues. This is usually carried out to create an atmosphere wherein certain interests can be protected. I may sound speculative but it is in the realm of high probability that I view this issue.

More than a year ago, Senator Rodolfo Biazon exposed a plan of sector of the military to conduct bombings in Metro Manila. Two persons approached him to ask for protection after conscience prevented them from following orders of their superiors. Before they came out, a cache of explosives was discovered by the police.

The Philippines is an archipelago and to move logistics to conduct bombings is very hard. Seaports and airports are tightly guarded after the Super Ferry bombing. Its is very easy to put the blame on extremists since we have such a current problem. Because of the reason I pointed out, bombings are contained in Mindanao.

With the successive scandals that has hit the administration, these are bigger "bombs" than the one the hit Makati. ISAPF in the past has displayed what they are capable of. They even act independently and with total disregard of the chain of command. Experiences in the past can has taught as that the state can and will use terrorism to protect its interests.

With the way the AFP has been lording it over the institutions of government, I will not be surprised that in the end, certain military units or individuals will be implicated in this. The very late claim of Sheik Omar, the spokesman of the Rajah Sulayman Movement runs contrary to the style of terrorists. We all know the minutes or right after a bombing, terrorists immediately claim responsibility. A successful bombing like the Makati bombing will be a great victory for their cause. Terrorists will waste no time to announce their success.

I am sure that most officials will not even have any knowledge of such a sensitive operation. It will be limited to a small group in government to avoid any leak or any whistle blowing afterwards. Remember how even Sen. Enrile faked his ambush that led to the justification of the declaration of martial law? Even NSA secretary Norberto Gonzales is not convinced of the RSM claim.

Was the bombing really a legitimate terrorist act or a ploy by a rogue group in the government to create a diversion to protect Gloria from the issues besetting her. In fairness to GMA, she might not even know about this operation. Just this once, I am willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. Is a certain group in the executive out to protect their interests? Who is behind this dastardly and cowardly act?

I hope that the real perpetrators of this senseless crime be brought to justice. My prayers go out to the families of those who lost their loved ones in this act of cowrdice and greed.