Dude.. first of all... chill... There was no need for sarcasm.
I am *NOT* or pretended to be a student or military history or strategy...
It is precisely why i was ASKING from a purely military and stragesti point... CAN WE and HOW can we do it? I was posing that question... which you already answered with...
6. If we should go on all-out war, of course we could do it. Again, you can depend on our soldiers.
But I have no clue how (not being an expert). And if we could do it... WHY HAVENT we done it?
You said "I'd rather talk to those MILF and NPA to surrender than shoot them."
With all due respect sir, and i am not the one asking this bec i hear this comment over and over again by others... we HAVE BEEN talking to them for 3 or 4 decades... the latest issue is the govt was trying to negotiate a deal with them, for peace (ill-advised, unconstitutional maybe? but thats another story) there was some problems and next thing we know they are attacking and killing innoent civilians.
You are obviously a soldier.. a Ranger? Then I salute you sir.. you and your kind are doing more for this country than i ever ould. You have my respect, and no disrespect was meant with my earlier comments...
As for my musings about the role of the military... strictly from a LAYMAN's understanding (again, not a student or an expert) I was merely making an observation that the country has NEVER been to War with another country in MODERN TIMES. Again, please correct my perception if i dont have the facts right , but the last time we were at war in WWII, the AFP was incorporated with the American Forces. And the AFP back then is a much smaller organization compared to now.
I was merely suggesting that a war with another country is such an unlikely scenario... that meanwhile, wouldnt a BETTER use of its might be to solve all these insurgency problems? No disrespect intended about their actual role (as mandated for by the constitution as you clearly pointed out).
Of course i have no doubt if such a war does happen.. the AFP and our valiant soldiers will do everything ..even lay down their lives.. to defend the country. I used China as just an example (calling them singkits was a slur and uncalled for btw)... but in truth, again, who would want to go to war with us? (over the Spratlys? i dont think it will ever come to that) But you got to admit .. CHina and some other neighbors (India, Pakistan) have NUKES.. we dont. So having powerful allies like the US do help.
Thanks bro... Sorry if I've been sarcastic, never meant it...
With your question, as to the WHY... We can do it... We certainly did it during Erap's all-out war... The question is on political will. It is our leaders who make the decisions. We could press on the fight, but sometimes we can't do with the "wisdom" of our political leaders.
War is politics by other means. Or what the good datu mastura said, "war is politics by whatever means." Our soldiers do the shooting and dying, our politicians get the glory.
You were right, we never had a war with another country in modern times. Even then, (Fil-Spanish, Fil-Am, WWII) we never have been a "nation at war". (The "nation at war" doctrine was espoused in the early 15th century, which ultimately lead to the Just War Theory) We have never been united in fighting our aggressors. I hope we would not need such a war to unite us all. So far, only pacquiao could truly unite the nation. hehehe.
Yes, I'd rather talk them into surrendering than shoot them. But not like the way the GRP panel talks to them. It would rather be one-on-one. There's been times when during the gunfight, the "bagito" rebels would throw in their arms and surrender. That was much better. No point in ending their life.
Anyway, GL I'm also not saying that I am a master of military history and strategy though it was one of my favorite subjects. I was also enlightened with your post.
But if you'll ask again, Yes, I'm all for all-out war.
Peace bro! I'll be looking forward to your post.
Again, thanks and sorry...