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Obama’s Boy Aquino in The Philippines Adds to War Hysteria; Compares China to Hitler

Obama’s Boy Aquino in The Philippines Adds to War Hysteria; Compares China to Hitler

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Feb. 5, 2014 (LPAC)–In a top-of-the-fold {New York Times} story, Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino consulted his history crib sheet, compared China to Hitler, and called for international support.

The Times reports that Aquino called “for nations around the world to do more to support the Philippines in resisting China’s assertive claims to the seas near his country, drawing a comparison to the West’s failure to support Czechoslovakia against Hitler’s demands for Czech land in 1938. Like Czechoslovakia, the Philippines faces demands to surrender territory piecemeal to a much stronger foreign power and needs more robust foreign support for the rule of international law if it is to resist, President Aquino said in a 90-minute interview.”

“At what point do you say, ‘Enough is enough’?’ said Aquino. “Well, the world has to say it — remember that the Sudetenland was given in an attempt to appease Hitler to prevent World War II.”

The {Times} compares Aquino’s outpouring with that of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Davos comments when he noted last month that Britain and Germany went to war in 1914 even though they had close economic ties.

The {Times}, of course, presents the Philippines’ territorial claims as unassailable because, as has become commonplace, they define China’s legitimate claims to be only those set when China was besieged by the combined forces of British, European, and Japanese colonialism.

Aquino and the {Times} are clearly playing with fire. The article notes how weak and impotent the Philippines’ military is — “the last flight by a Philippine fighter jet was in 2005”, but only a spark is needed to start the largest fire if the kindling has been laid.

{Xinhua}, the Chinese news agency, ridiculed Aquino’s NY Times rant:

“Aquino … has never been a great candidate for a wise statesman in the region. But his latest reported attack against China, in which he senselessly compared his northern neighbor to the Nazi Germany, exposed his true color as an amateurish politician who was ignorant both of history and reality.”

More significantly, China again offered its hand to that troubled country: “The Philippines itself is an example that shows how Chinese neighbors can benefit greatly from expanding trade and investment ties with Beijing. Instead of coming up with lame historical comparisons, a professional and mature Philippine leader could do more good to his country by seeking to resolve the territorial disputes with China through dialogue and consultation. After all, the Philippines can enjoy even greater benefits from a peaceful and prosperous China when bilateral relations are anchored by steady hands.”

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