Allow me to dwell on the word “moron” for a bit: when you cede sovereign territory to violent insurgents that you don’t trust, realize an error in judgment and take back the agreement, and then expect that these insurgents will go back to the negotiating table ready to break bread and make peace… well, you get the picture.
That, at least to me, is a perfectly good definition of the word “moron.”
Let me dwell again: when you’re invited by a moron to break bread and make peace, you instead choose to go on a bloodthirsty rampage at a rural hamlet, literally hacking away at the lives of innocent civilians, and then say you’re innocent of the atrocities and say you have nothing to do with it… again, you get the picture.
That, at least to me, is another perfectly good definition of the word “moron.”
So let’s clarify: only morons would give up inalienable possessions and territories, and only morons will take the lives of people who have nothing to do with moronic events. In effect, the atrocities and offensives – the war – down south, is caused by morons.
Moronic; definition: an unconstitutional memorandum of agreement passed and taken back by the Government to the MILF.
The sad state of affairs is that a moron would not take responsibilities for an act he or she caused, because you really can’t pin the blame on morons. Morons, being devoid of conscience, act on impulse. If the Memorandum of Agreement was not an impulsive action, if the dozens of victims in Lanao were not hacked to death out of impulse, then the negotiating panel from both sides must be geniuses.
After all, it’s nothing short of genius to compromise something as basic as the lives of people, isn’t it?
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I have to disagree with Cocoy’s comment on an opinion piece I made for Filipino Voices, that war is the crucible by which our relationship with the Bangsamoro peoples and/or the MILF insurgents will be tested. The crucible was supposed to be the peace talks: when you have peace talks, war becomes the last remote possible option to resolve the conflict once and for all. You have peace talks to avoid every possibility and suggestion of war.
Protracted as it may seem, the MILF peace talks were supposed to be that avenue for the peace process; if, after years of conflict and struggle, we can come to a win-win solution:
- One, the peace talks were supposed to serve the imperative of preserving Philippine sovereignty.
- Two, the peace talks were supposed to serve the imperative of granting Muslim Mindanao the right to self-determination.
- Three, the peace talks were supposed to serve the imperative for peace in conflict-torn Mindanao.
This sounds weird, but I have to agree with Maguindanao Rep. Didagen Dilangalen (yes, that very Digs who shrieked, “Shut up, freedom of expression, Your Honor!” back in the Estrada impeachment trials) when he said that suspending the peace talks spells danger for Mindanao. It’s not that anyone is begging for a bloodless solution – the rationale behind peace talks is to stem bloodshed, not prevent it – but people were begging for a long-term, permanent compromise – a win-win solution – to this matter.
Yes, it’s definitely a pipe dream. It could have been done if nobody drafted that MOA and took it back.
Yet you can’t do much about the consequences of morons: I cannot blame the Senate if they vote to suspend the Mindanao peace talks indefinitely, because there’s really nothing much you could do about the seething frustrations of a moronic band of terrorists who were baited with an unconstitutional MoA by morons in the GRP negotiating panel.
War is definitely not a crucible here, but an unintended consequence, an oversight that could have easily been avoided if only each side of the negotiating table possessed an iota of intelligence, a modicum of sincerity, and a smidgen of competence.
Yet an iota, a modicum, and a smidgen are too much to ask for, especially when you’re dealing with, well, morons.