By Mortz C. Ortigoza
A graduate of the elite United States Military Academy and former Philippine president did not believe that the brinkmanship between the United States and China at the Spratly Islands will result to war.
Former President Fidel V. Ramos said the U.S and China need not plunge themselves to war because it would be mutually assured destruction for them and to the U.S allies in the East Asia Region.
“You visit your homework. I wrote about this since 12 years ago. In the 21st Century you don’t talked about the 19th or 20th Century. Nobody wants war especially World War III because of the massive destruction and the thermal radiation wave of modern weapons,” he stressed to Northern Watch when he graced the inauguration of the satellite office of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Calasiao, Pangasinan.
Ramos cited an instance that the latest hydrogen bomb is 5000 times more lethal than the atom bomb dropped by the B-29 Super Fortress bombers at Nagasaki and Hiroshima in Japan on August 1945.
“You don’t need a B-29, you just pressed the button. But the U.S study says counter-strike. Somebody has to push the button with the coordination of the 38th Parallel. With the strike and counter strike all of a sudden all that will disappear,” Ramos, who is known as FVR, said last Sunday.
He explained that a war between these military and economic powers will wipe- out the entire 7.2 billion world’s population.
Meanwhile, a political expert, who asked anonymity, disagreed with the prognosis of the former president.
He said the Chinese is restrained to use nuclear arms because it has no capacity to counter strike and hit the U.S mainland while she is vulnerable from the bombs in the U.S bases in Japan and the Philippines and the aerial and naval armaments of the U.S in the South China Sea.
“The U.S is in the strategic location in case war explodes as a result of the brinkmanship done with each other by these two powers”.
The most modern Chinese long range strategic bomber H-6K and its next generation bomber’s H-10 that carry CJ-10A cruise missiles with conventional or nuclear warheads, could not strike and hit the Mariannas, Guam, Hawaii, and U.S West Coast without putting bases somewhere in the Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands. The Chinese ballistic missiles could be identified by modern radars of the U.S and destroy them on air, the source cited.
“In this war it would be the Chinese and the neighboring countries like the Philippines that would be annihilated”.
He said in case war ensued between the Americans and the Chinese; it would be conventional because the latter know that they would be disadvantaged with the former.
“The situation is different during the Cold War where the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) had the capability for mutually destructive war with the United States because of her geographic location near Alaska and satellite states like Cuba and her more advance firepower”.
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