Oppenheimer’s Deadly Toy

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And he becomes death.

An office mate worried about China’s rhetoric to USA on the West Philippine Sea or the South China Sea. And I thought of Dr. Oppenheimer for his contribution of harnessing the power of the atom. They thought Germany was creating the bomb and recent documentaries conclude Hitler was not making one. Still, it was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki but first blew in a desert as Project “Trinity”.

Nations posses such weapon are responsible for keeping the keys out of reach from fanatics. Any unscheduled launch of rockets to the sky are always a hair raising drill for silo operators whether it is an exercise or the real thing.

So I hope the Russian and Chinese love their children too.

See my deviantart post too.

Peace.

DrawBack 1997: Mig Stealth Fighter

 

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Copied from a magazine at the National Museum.

Russia have not delivered a stealth fighter in the front lines yet although the Sukhoi bureau (PAK 50) and Mikoyan/Gurevich (MiG 45 which is a Mig29 frame with new avionics) have submitted their bids.

Only the US have a fifth generation fighter F22 Raptor and another one the F35, in cooperation with Russian Yakolev YAK 141, enjoy these superiority. Development of the F22 started in the late 1980s (competed with YF23) and entered service in early 2000s.

There is not enough stealth fighter flying at the moment but stealth is not about technology. It is about skills. Generation 4.5 jets like the French Rafale, NATO Typhoon Eurofighter, Russian Su35, Mig 35 and Sweden’s Griffen can do the task and in par with the US F22/F35. Chinese Stealth technology is in the development stage but with their big wealth, they can catch up.

But I hope all this system is for peaceful means not to threat a sovereign state like China is doing in the Philippines. Although my nation won the Arbitrary Resolution, enforcement is another as the Philippine do not possess a fighter plane to intercept trespassing Chinese jets.

Another problem is politics. President Rody Duterte rock star status doesn’t sound right with the US and EU due to miscommunication and misquote from still dark forces in Philippine politics. Our history is drawn in treachery and have a colonial mindset.

While the world is in a buying spree upgrading fighter jets, our Philippine Air Force air defense is literally non existence.

DrawBack 1980s: Notebook Sketches of Missiles.

Back pages of my notebook 1988-89. A classmate’s cousin have a book on “Rockets and Missile” (less 1000 pages only) and borrowed it. I have to rush and compress my drawings.

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Si vis pacem, para bellummeaningTo have peace we must prepare for warfrom Plato.

Russian Tech. Coldwar “SS25” known today and still active Topol missile. A mobile ICBM and one of the hardest to track since it always relocates in the vastness of Russian tundra. Also the AKULA class SSN or nuclear attack submarine benefited from Johny Walker spying. SA2 Surface to Air missile that shot down Israeli Jets in 1973 and USAF B52s during the TET Offensive in Vietnam.

Drawing weapons widen my history knowledge since our past is covered with wars.

We need weapons for peace not weapons to bully weaker nations.

DrawBack 2003: Spratley Tourism

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In 2003 while waiting for my bus, I sketch and envision a tourism gig in the Spratley islands by the Philippines.

Sadly China was ahead since it occupied most of it since 1990s and destroyed the coral life around the sea lately for expansion ambitions and military purposes. But the UN and Greenpeace did nothing.

Nothing wrong in developing a sea area but as long everyone on it EEZ, Exclusive Economic Zone shares the cake of progress NOT one country alone and threatens it with guns.

Again calling the UN for balance in the region.

Peace please.

DrawBack 1990. About A Sea and Spratley.

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Drawn 1994 at school. My personal graphic novel finished 1991 and was lost in a school fire when I left it to our locker. But saved some scratch pages. I was in a debate from friends in facebook and my opinion, only an armed struggle can resolve this. No amount of kungfu typing in social media protest to remove China from the area.

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The plot is a future conflict with a powerful China invading the whole of South China Sea. The original scenario where the Philippine Navy possess an aircraft carrier to face the threat and in that battle, the Philippines regain some of the islets was originally it held.

In reality, the Philippines do not own a flattop and have lost some atolls in the West Philippine Sea. The AFP was poorly equipped and never modernize as promised by previous presidents. In 1987 I was introduce with these chain of island in the South China Sea and how the late president Cory Aquino removed most of the troops and guns in the Spratley area. The final blow came when the US bases was pullout in our country. China came uninvited set some bases and spotted by AFP planes. And did nothing.

The modernization of the AFP was slow and with controversy. 25 Italian s211 trainer/ light attack jets, a few troop carriers, and lately naval ships in a span of 30 years (1986-2016). The AFP do not posses missile systems from SAM/Surface to Air and SSM/Surface to Surface that can deter any sea and air threats.

The Philippines always rely on big brother US to help us on external threat and only joint exercise with the Philippines looking poor with old weapons. Too dependent, we can not rely on the AFP to face threats from China. The US will only respond if China attack the mainland and not some islets in some sea claimed also by Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and even Brunei.

Our only victory with China is only on paper from the UN Arbitrary ruling. Enforcing the rule of law in one thing. And China do not respect it even  if it is a member of UNCLOS.

As I suggest to my facebook friend, if we could send even a single ship, to face a big China, its better than do nothing. It sending men and women in harms way but if China do something awful, the world would know. Something China will definitely not want to know its citizens.

Spain’s old map shows the sea is part of the Philippines. China’s claim is only words. We could resolve problems by sharing the sea for peaceful purposes but not by one country only.