“There are other countries in the world prone to natural disaster, but what distinguishes the Philippines, and has made the delivery of aid even more problematic after Typhoon Haiyan, is the prevalence of guns,” Alex Spillius asserts at telegraph.co.uk. Really? “Whatever the causes of the pervasive gun culture and high murder rate, the reports of armed looting that emerged two or three days after Haiyan struck surprised no one. Even if some reports were exaggerated, the Philippines’ reputation for poor law and order preceded it.” Hmmm. “Even if some reports were exaggerated.” That kind of waffling triggers alarm bells for bloggers looking for the truth about guns in the post-Cyclone Philippines. Proof? Yes, about that . . .
The army and police have sent reinforcements to control Tacloban, the worst affected city, leading Mr Roxas to declare today that looting had been stopped.
But Jericho Petilla, the energy secretary, said of Ormoc, another city in Leyte province: “On Saturday, Ormoc city was still under control. Now there is no control.”
Ferry passengers were reportedly being held up by armed men on arrival at the port, he admitted.
On Monday, the head of the United Nations’ disaster assessment team in Tacloban said he would not deploy an aid convoy without a military escort. On Tuesday that process was still in its early stages.
Spillius is looking at the situation from afar, though the eyes of a jobbing journo working in a “civilized” country—in this case a proto-police state (the most surveilled nation on planet earth). So when Alex hears a government agent say government troops have stopped looting and restored order he’s hearing the song This is How We Do It in his head.
I’m not saying that military force doesn’t stop looting, I’m saying that in the absence of government troops, armed civilians stop looting. Effectively. And to be able to do that law-abiding citizens need to be armed. Which they are in the Philippines. So . . . result! But just you missed the hidden bias in Alex’s anti-gun reporting—in the Conservative Telegraph no less—here’s Alex again.
The difficulties in distributing aid showed how, nearly 70 years after independence, central government has yet to impose itself fully throughout the archipelago of 80 provinces and dozens of languages and consequently struggles to cope and coordinate with the disaster of the scale wrought by Typhoon Haiyan.
Yeah, that’s what we want! Central government imposing itself fully throughout the Philippines 80 provinces! Do these guys even hear what they’re saying? Nope. All the more reason we Americans need to cling to our guns and our religion like grim death. Or face same.