The Worship of Murderers
Dean Jorge Bocobo describes the background behind the arrest of Jose Maria Sison, chief of the Communist Party of the Philippines, on the charge of ordering the murder of subordinates who had left his fold from the Netherlands, in an article at Pajamas Media.
Sison had been granted political refugee status in the Netherlands nearly 20 years ago on the basis of a claim that his life would be in danger in the Philippines. Once Sison was in safe harbor, the CPP’s top leadership and their families joined him to Utrecht where Sison received millions in financial contributions from the European Left and other international sources. From their European base they ran the CPP-NPA’s operations in the Philippines by fax and email and in coordination with their agents and allies in the Philippines. When anyone defied them, they allegedly resorted to assassinations to eliminate their ideological rivals, some of whom had returned to the fold of the law and were therefore considered “counter-revolutionaries” subject to execution by the same “People’s Courts” responsible for the purges and “killing fields” of the 1980s. ...
Sison allegedly ordered the murders of two former fellow Communists in the Philippines, Romulo Kintanar and Arturo Tabara in 2003 and 2004. He is being held in The Hague pending arraignment and trial under Dutch law for allegedly ordering the assassinations, which are the basis of murder charges against him and New People’s Army operatives in the Philippines.
Together with Ramsey Clark, Danny Glover, Mumia Abu-Jamal, William Kunstler, Gloria Steinem and Howard Zinn, Sison signed the Call to Defend the Life of Dr. Abimael Guzmán, former leader of the Sendero Luminoso or Shining Path guerilla movement in Peru. Sison, a leading member of the Call, fulsomely praised Guzman, to the extent of comparing Guzman to his own exalted persona. "Comrade Guzman and I have similar experiences with regard to the risks and difficulties that cadres in our position face, whether we are in motion doing field work or in a relatively stationary position doing office work." Sison's comparison of Abimael Guzmán to himself is apt. Theodore Dalyrymple records his memories of the Shining Path, of which Sison would be undoubtedly proud.
The worst brutality I ever saw was that committed by Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) in Peru, in the days when it seemed possible that it might come to power. If it had, I think its massacres would have dwarfed those of the Khmer Rouge. As a doctor, I am accustomed to unpleasant sights, but nothing prepared me for what I saw in Ayacucho, where Sendero first developed under the sway of a professor of philosophy, Abimael Guzman. I took photographs of what I saw, but the newspapers deemed them too disturbing to be printed. Human kind at breakfast can bear very little reality. But I also found it difficult to persuade anyone by means of words of the reality of what I had seen: most people nodded and thought I had finally gone mad. On the plane back from Peru, I delighted a worker for Amnesty International when I described to him some of the bad behaviour of the Peruvian Army; but when I described what I had seen Sendero do, incomparably worse, I might as well have talked to him of sea monsters, and of giant squid that could drag nuclear submarines to the depths.
Like Dalyrymple, Dean Jorge Bocobo tries to tell us about monsters whose existence we refuse to recognize; about a man who was exalted and given political protection in the enlightened West -- only to use this haven to murder political enemies or terrorize ordinary people; but most especially to silence any former subordinates who refused to go along. Sison is an example of the ultimate misuse of tolerance and the final perversion of political liberty. It's murder in the name of tolerance; evil facilitated in the guise of righteousness. This inversion is made possible by our own forgetfulness; by a world which ritually remembers the evils of Nazism but pointedly forgets its rival and more monstrous twin. Albert Camus did not. And he warned us what would happen if we persisted with our selective amnesia.
One might think that a period which, in a space of fifty years, uproots, enslaves, or kills seventy million human beings should be condemned out of hand. But its culpability must still be understood... In more ingenuous times, when the tyrant razed cities for his own greater glory, when the slave chained to the conqueror's chariot was dragged through the rejoicing streets, when enemies were thrown to the wild beasts in front of the assembled people, the mind did not reel before such unabashed crimes, and the judgment remained unclouded. But slave camps under the flag of freedom, massacres justified by philanthropy or by a taste for the superhuman, in one sense cripple judgment. On the day when crime dons the apparel of innocence — through a curious transposition peculiar to our times — it is innocence that is called upon to justify itself.
Bocobo has made a start at defending innocence and giving murder back its name.
Ramsey Clark is set to join Sison's legal team.
Former U.S. attorney general Ramsey Clark was reported to have offered his legal assistance to join an international team of lawyers. The purpose is to defend the Philippines' top communist, Jose Maria Sison, who was arrested by the Netherlands police on multiple murder charges, on Tuesday.
A statement by the New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines said, "Sison is a great spirit that the world needs to know about, a great voice that the world needs to hear. The demonization [of him] will destroy us if we permit it to continue."
Clark was also a supporter of Slobodan Milosovic and lawyer for Saddam Hussein.
On 18 March 2006, Clark attended the funeral of Slobodan Milošević. He declared: "History will prove Milošević was right. Charges are just that, charges. The trial did not have facts." He compared the trials of Slobodan Milošević and Saddam Hussein, stating: "both trials are marred with injustice, both are flawed." He also described Slobodan Milošević and Saddam Hussein as "[b]oth commanders" who "were courageous enough to fight more powerful countries."
Sison's Human Rights defenders are undoubtedly correct when they say "The demonization [of him] will destroy us if we permit it to continue," because it will enable the whole world to see just exactly what these so-called defenders of Human Rights really stand for. Some of them are nothing but apologists and publicists for the worst mass murderers, terrorists and thugs on the planet.