U.S. Imperialism Goes to War Against the Filipino People
In what has been described as a "major expansion of the war against terrorism," 650 U.S. troops, including special forces, have been deployed in the Philippines. Already, in Manila, several demonstrations have been organized against the deployment and various opposition and other public figures have spoken out against it.
The U.S. troops will train and advise the Philippine army and take part in combat operations against insurgent forces on the southern island of Basilan. The current U.S.-led offensive is scheduled to last at least until June and could be extended after that; Pentagon officials have also said that the number of U.S. troops could well be increased.
In November, Bush began sending $100 million in military aid to the Filipino government and announced that U.S. was prepared to commit combat troops and "use whatever resources we have" to defeat insurgent forces. The deployment of U.S. troops directly violates the Philippine constitution which bars foreign troops from taking part in combat operations anywhere in the country.
For nearly 50 years, the Philippines was a direct colony of U.S. imperialism. Even after the winning of formal independence, the country has remained a neo-colony in which economic and political life continue to be dominated by U.S. multinational corporations. To maintain this system, the U.S. military has supported a series of reactionary puppet governments.
In sum, U.S. imperialism has declared war against the people of the Philippines. Behind the phony facade of the "war against terrorism," U.S. imperialism is once again interfering in the affairs of a sovereign country and waging war against the liberation struggle of the people.