There is no way we can fight China which is now the second biggest military might after the US. An invasion from China will only last minutes to complete, what with our ill-equipped military where soldiers do not even have decent boots; and airplanes and helicopters falling off the sky without going into actual combat. Our naval strength is but a joke, unable even to go after cigarette and drug smugglers and kidnappers in my coastal barangay in Zamboanga City.
On the other hand, you have China with its active military personnel and active paramilitary units numbering about six million, 8,200 tanks, 5,000 armored personnel arriers, 14,000 towed artillery, 2,400 multiple rocket launch systems, 1,900 aircraft</span>, 491 helicopters, 760 navy ships, 21 destroyers, 68 submarines, 368 patrol and coastal craft, $59,000,000,000 defense budget and a whopping $7,099,000,000,000 purchasing power (figures from US Congress and Central Intelligence Agency).
Whew! The number boggles my mind, I couldn't even type all the zeroes in those figures that fast. What a lopsided fight it's going to be, we'll be like ants fighting an elephant. </span>
This is one instant where it is so embarrassing to be living in a poor country where you cannot even defend your right even if your bully country neighbors chase you around the school ground and trample on your school baon! This is the reason why in my motivational talk with scholars and users of our Kristiyano-Islam Peace Library in Zamboanga City and Quezon City, I always challenge them to study hard to help lift themselves up from poverty and work to move this country forward from the very sorry state it is in.
But on the brighter side, there is no need to fear China because they have effectively invaded us economically, culturally and psychologically as they did the whole world where it is not easy to go to tourist sites in the US, Canada, Paris, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, London, the Netherlands etc to find authentic souvenirs minus the "Made in China" mark on them. Locally, how can we ever live without the cheap China-made plastics, CDs, DVDs, mobile phones, computers etc that have become part of our basic neccesities in life.
So who needs invasion? Who needs national pride? Who needs education? Who needs to donate books to poor children and be concern about raising the next batch of Filipinos who will grow up to bring development, military might and pride back to the country?
There! Done it, my first ever write up for my blog from the Dean's Corner. If you like what I wrote and find it useful, please recommend it to your friends. Thanks for taking time to read and good day to all!