An increasingly dangerous world
Last Sunday, a man discharged from the US Air Force for physically assaulting his wife and son went bonkers and shot down churchgoers of the First Baptist Church in the small town of Sutherland Springs in Texas. Twenty-six people have been reported dead as of this writing, and many more are in the hospitals.
The American president, who is on an Asian tour, condemned the massacre but stopped short of advocating gun control in his country.
Recently too, another supposedly depressed or deranged American booked himself into an upper floor hotel room in Las Vegas, and went on a shooting spree directed at innocent persons enjoying an open-air concert. Fifty six people were reported killed, and even as this is written, several others are still recuperating in Nevada hospitals.
Then and now, the American president would not want to curb the private ownership of guns.
In New York, London, Boston, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, in Nice, Istanbul and other capitals of the world, men who swear by distorted views of their religion have either run trucks or vans into crowds or exploded bombs at busy terminals, killing and maiming innocents.
Here at home, Maute terrorists swooped down on Marawi by the lake and virtually captured that citadel of Islam in Southern Mindanao. Government efforts to retake the city took more than a hundred days of gunfire in the streets and rockets from the air that killed scores of Filipinos, both combatant and innocent civilians.
What is the whole world coming to?
Of course there is even greater peril that a “madman” in Pyongyang, chafing from the world’s condemnation of his nuclear build-up, would suddenly send his new “toys” exploding upon his own brothers and sisters in Seoul, his neighbors in Japan, and beyond.
Indeed, we are living in a world that has become increasingly dangerous to human life.
Back home, the PDEA raided the “kubol” of the New Bilibid Prison occupied by a drug queen named Yu Yuk Lai who has been convicted five years ago for drug trafficking and pushing. They discovered shabu hidden in panty liners and other hiding places.
Immediately after, they raided a condominium unit in San Miguel, the same district where our presidential palace is located, and found even more shabu. The occupant of the condominium unit is a certain Dianne Yu Uy, daughter of the incarcerated drug queen.
And yet our senators would not want to reimpose the death penalty, even for such heinous crimes as drug trafficking. And our bishops of the numerous church also protest.
The “simple-minded” common man says with full conviction: “Buti pa pinatay na lang ‘yan noon pa”.
There is a huge disconnect between the thinking of the “masa” and the “bleeding hearts” with their concepts of liberal democracy and upholding individual human rights.
Our President reads the minds of the common man well, as against his critics, both local and international, who recoil at violence against even the worst evil-doers.
But the drug trade is so lucrative that both traffickers, whether from China or Taiwan or Macau or Hong Kong, or Mexico or elsewhere, will always try to ply their nefarious commerce, recidivists whether outside or even inside jail cells.
But our political bishops would rather “heal the land” without first destroying the evil that in the first place has “killed the land.”
They exorcise “devils,” don’t they?
Why then should not the State extirpate “evil”?
It is thus no wonder that a world weary of all kinds of violence, from terrorists to drug lords to even deranged men with easy access to guns are getting more and more drawn to “strong” leaders, be they a local Duterte or an “Emperor” Xi, or a “Tsar” Putin (as The Economist called him) or an Erdogan in Turkey.
It has become an increasingly dangerous world, and as the Castillians would reason, “grandes males; grandes remedios.”