Ask Joma to talk to Jong-un

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Filipino communist leader Sison and Korean communist leader Kim

The Manila Times, April 15, 2013

For the sake of world peace, President Aquino should ask Communist Party’s senior leader Jose Ma. Sison,  (Joma) and ask him to talk to North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un  to convince  him to step back from the brink of nuclear war.

Sison should tell Kim that with his army’s less-than-perfect technological competence, the missiles he said he would launch against US facilities in Guam may just land in the Philippines, and even hit one of the Red Bases the New People’s Army claims have been growing my leaps and bounds.  Joma can tell Jong-un that he and his father Kim Jong-il come a long way back.

Sison would have an ulterior motive: If the US nukes North Korea to the stone age, there wouldn’t be any country or communist party in the world left supporting the Philippine communists morally and  — if intelligence reports several years back still hold  — financially.

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Seriously, if there’s any good coming out of Kim’s threats for a nuclear war in our region, it would be to expose — especially to our youth,  some of whom are still being enamored by the 1960s-vintage idea of  socialist struggle – how totally  insane during this day and age is the cause of the  Communist Party of the Philippines is and how its adulation of North Korea reveals how completely out of touch with reality it is.

Kim is a megalomaniac, a lunatic whose admitted idol is Hitler.  It is amazing there is still in this era an impoverished, starving North Korea that pretends to be a socialistparadise trying to be a nuclear power. A British journalist who managed to go into North Korea disguised as a tourist titled his article:  “Inside North Korea: No ads, no planes, no internet, no mobiles, no 21st Century… A rare dispatch from deep within the lunatic rogue state enslaved by Zombie and Sons.” Kim has shocked the world in recent weeks by declaring he says will be fought with nuclear weapons against South Korea and the US.

And what does the Communist Party of the Philippines say? As posted in its website

“The Filipino people support the DPRK (North Korea’s official name, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) people’s call for a stop to the economic blockade against their country and for their right to self-determination to be respected.

The DPRK declared a state of war against the US and South Korea after the US flew two nuclear-capable fighter planes into DPRK air space.”

Xi Jinping, president of the People’s Republic of China  — North Korea’s sole ally on which it relies for food and fuel –- lambasted Kim’s saber rattling: “No country should be allowed to throw a region and even the whole world into chaos for selfish gain.”  China’s foreign secretary Wang Yi to North Korea under Kim as a “trouble-maker at China’s doorstep.”

What does the CPP say of this troublemaker?

“Declaring a state of war, displaying its military prowess and issuing bellicose threats is the DPRK’s way of fighting more than half a century of imperialist aggression and unjust imposition of restrictions,” it said.

The CPP’s solution to the current crisis in the Korean peninsula?

“The CPP asserted that a peaceful resolution to the armed conflict in the Korean peninsula can only be achieved by the withdrawal of 30,000 American troops in US military bases in South Korea, the lifting of the economic blockade and respecting the right to self-determination of the DPRK and its right to technological development for economic and scientific advancement.”

In short, the CPP wants South Korea to be abandoned by the US, and to leave North Korea alone so it can develop its nukes.

In fact, the CPP has been the only organization in the world to have applauded North Korea’s first nuclear-bomb test in October 2006:

“The CPP congratulated the people and government of the Democratic People’s Republic for successfully and safely carrying out its first-ever nuclear test and hailed the successful test as a militant assertion of national sovereignty and the right of an independent country to develop its own powerful self-reliant defense capability.”

It’s amazing how the CPP slavishly strives to be North Korea’s spokesman. When North Korea’s rocket test failed in April last year, it stated:

“The main issue at hand is that the DPRK has exhibited determination to continue with its rocket launch in accordance with its sovereign right… Even the most advanced capitalist countries have encountered rocket-launch failures in the past, including the mid-flight explosion of the US Challenger Space Shuttle in 1986.”

In its statement the CPP sees North Korea under Kim’s dictatorship better than the Philippines with all its democratic excesses: “In contrast to the repeated success of the DPRK in building and launching a rocket, the Philippines cannot even independently build a decent car or a hand tractor, for that matter,” it said.

The CPP’s utter servility to North Korea is so shocking that one could only conclude that that it might have found some way to continue getting financial or material support from that rogue state.   The careful Chinese communists in the 1970s used North Korean facilities and one of its secret ports for loading its Chinese-made Norinco rifles that the New People’s Army tried to land into Isabela. In the 1980s, fake US and Iraqi dollars that Filipino communists were trying to use in the country were suspected to have been printed in North Korea.

I hope reporters ask suspected CPP front-men, senatorial candidate Teodoro Casino,  his comrades Bayan Muna representative  Neri Colmenares as well as Gabriela’s  Emmie de Jesus and Luzviminda Ilagan their views on North Korea’s bellicosity.

The CPP’s sycophancy to North Korea would be merely hilarious if not for the fact that our local communists have managed to continue killing Philippine troops and private citizens, with our armed forces practically instructed by their commander-in-chief to stand down for the sake of “peace talks’. Every once in a while , there’s a news article about a young man or woman who left the university to fight and die with the NPA.

Since the 1970s when I was a communist cadre myself, I have seen so many promising young lives lost or shattered, for an organization that would have been the Philippine equivalent of the Workers’ Party of Korea, led by our equivalent of Kim Jong-Il or Kim Jong-un.