Mr. J.D., a regular reader here, saw this article and passed it along, and if it is true, it presages yet more shifting in the geopolitics of the Pacific and Asia. Here's the story:
With the rise of Islamic terrorism in the region, we have, of course, the usual surge of Christian-killing:
Malaysia is worried that militants could flee to its eastern state of Sabah — it currently has a wanted list that includes two militants who spearheaded the attempt to capture Marawi.
They are a leader of the Abu Sayyaf group, Isnilon Hapilon, who was proclaimed by IS last year as its "emir" of South-East Asia, and Abdullah Maute, whose followers accounted for a large number of the estimated 400-500 fighters who overran parts of Marawi, killing Christians, and taking dozens of civilians hostage.
Sad as this is, what caught my eye here were these comments by the Philippine Foreign Secretary, Alan Peter Cayetano:
Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said the meeting aimed to revisit existing security programs between the three and draw up a plan to strengthen and implement them.
His country was now a clear target for extremists, he said, and the region only needed to look at how quickly IS managed to recruit fighters and carve out strongholds in Iraq and Syria.
"These jihadists will be looking for land bases or areas outside Iraq and Syria," Mr Cayetano said. (Emphasis added)
Now, as most readers of this website are aware, I've never bought the idea that Al Qaeda, ISIS, or whatever it's current-name-of-the-week is, has been able to act alone; on the contrary, the scale of its operations suggests strongly that there is large financial backing, and probably the backing of major and of regional powers. There has been, for example, on the internet and in more serious research journals, every indication that there are definite ties between these organizations and factions within western intelligence agencies. This has particularly been the case in Syria, with the West backing some of the most egregiously awful and barbaric people simply to overthrow Assad's regime. There have also been continuing allegations from the American 9/11 truth community, and even lawsuits, about Saudi involvement in these activities via its sponsorship of Muslim "charity" organizations.
This suggests that the same influences might be behind these expansions of terrorist organizations into southeast Asia and western Pacific nations. The key here is that they're "looking for land bases or areas outside of Iraq and Syria." If all these considerations be true, then the "Empire" will have to rethink its foreign policy significantly. The reason? Because as I've argued before, the USSA is increasingly viewed as an unstable "ally", from Europe to the Pacific; the post-9/11 Bush-Obama-Clinton unipolarism simply has not worked. What it has done is push powerful allies away, and increasingly into the arms of the Russian-Chinese BRICS bloc.
And this possibility could happen here, and faster than anyone can imagine, for China has its own Muslim terrorism problem, and would be only too happy not only to stabilize the region, but do so for an entry into lucrative markets.
The key nation to watch here? As always, it's Indonesia, which has been waging its own quiet struggle against radicalism. The problem these nations will now have, since they have committed to sharing intelligence and coordinating efforts, is to gain the help and sponsorship of some power in the region, while avoiding upsetting the USSA, which will, rest assured, try to muscle in on the intelligence-sharing deal, thus ruining any effort at effective action. I suspect this is already a factor in their calculations, and that, accordingly, they will seek intelligence sharing agreements with major nations linked to the US intelligence network, without having to deal directly with it. Russia, Germany, perhaps even India...
The bottom line: What I'm suggesting is that we're watching the emergence of the possibility of a major re-alignment in the Pacific because of the expansion of ISIS into the region. Already Mr. Duterte has signaled his break with the USSA in no uncertain terms; then, his country is hit with ISIS. I don't know about you, but I view that as more than just coincidence.
See you on the flip side...