An item in this morning's Audible.com version of the Wall Street Journal reports that the president of the Philippines instituted martial law on the island of Mindanao to control the brutal killings of civilians by two Muslim gangs supported by ISIS. The island fears he will institute martial law everywhere and set democracy on its ear. The article pointed out that the Philippines is rejecting help from the United States and looking to Russia and China for help. What the article failed to mention is why.
Foreign aid always comes with strings. Aid from the U.S. these days is used to promote gender equality, a euphemistic leftist political term for normalizing sexual perversions. Not a requirement when you get aid from Russia where homosexuality is "officially" banned, alhough I've been told the ban is not enforced. I read recently that the Philippines particularly rejects the gender strings attached to U.S. aid, and so looks elsewhere. Says something about the Wall Street Journal that this detail is left out of their article.
The WSJ article said the disadvantage of refusing America's aid is that the Philippines forgoes the intelligence the United States offers. What strings come with aid from Russia? Good question. Perhaps the president of the Philippines should hire the prophet Isaiah for counsel on foreign relations.
Those who go down to Egypt for help are as good as dead,
those who rely on war horses,
and trust in Egypt’s many chariots
and in their many, many horsemen.
But they do not rely on the Holy One of Israel.