Man has not learned the lessons yet. PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 14:08

By Remedios F. Marmoleño

I saw the movie Dunkirk and it left me depressed. Even with the knowledge that the loss of lives in the evacuation of Dunkirk, which took place on May 26 to June 4, 1940 was only a temporary setback because eventually the Allies defeated the German Army and won WWII, it was depressing to watch the deaths of so many soldiers and the difficulties the British soldiers had to go through to get back to England. I googled the topic because there were details that the movie did not provide. It was disconcerting to learn that Dunkirk was just across from the English Channel  and the coast of England  was only some 100 km. or so  away.

1940 is 77 years away from our own year of 2017. During this same period of time WWII did not end in Europe until   1945  and we have had the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and several other conflicts which have taken their toll in human lives and human suffering and economic impact on the warring countries. In spite of all these we have not learned our lesson that no one really “wins” a war. Haven’t we learned our lesson yet?

The Misuari-led rebellion began in 1973 (?) and over the years since then, with MILF taking the lead from the MNLF  in the rebellion, so many lives have been lost and the economic losses account for the fact that development in many parts of Mindanao has seriously lagged behind other parts of the country. The perception that the lack of attention the national government has given to the Moro areas has been one of the prime reasons for the rebellion. And this is the irony itself –  the “war” has made development lag even more.

The latest experience of “war” is the Marawi attack of May 23. It has been more than 2 months into the fighting  but the end is not yet seen. Even if the war ends  tomorrow it has left Marawi in ruins and it will take tremendous effort just to bring Marawi back to what it was before May 23. This might not even be possible within my lifetime.

War does not just take lives and destroy buildings. The greater harm it brings about is the breakdown in  trust, and the weakening of relationships between groups.

The phrase “ISIS-inspired” has come up to describe certain groups and the Maute group in Lanao is said to be one of these groups. Not all Muslims though are followers/admirers  of ISIS.  Are we to expect a new source of animosity between and among neighbors in Lanao and the rest of Mindanao?