Thursday, November 29, 2007

Checking in with our coup plotters

Is it the tableware? Is it the mini-refrigerator? Or is it the convenience of valet parking -- which apparently does not apply to certain government vehicles (and which explains the remodeling of the Manila Peninsula lobby in the accompanying photo, taken from Bloomberg News)? So, what is it with fancy hotels and failed coup attempts? There must be some overdue textbook taken by Gringo Honasan from the PMA libray that says luxury hotels provide the best facilities and the quickest service for everyday coup d'etat needs. How else can we explain this stubborn incompetence, this hopeless refusal to learn from previous failures?

Gen. Danny Lim and some Scout Rangers took over the Intercontinental Hotel in 1989. 3 years earlier, the late Arturo Tolentino and his Marcos loyalist generals and KBL civilians took over the Manila Hotel for a week. And then Trillanes and his never-learners took over the Oakwood
Residences in 2003. So what was Trillanes thinking yesterday? Maybe the idiot thought that even if only 1/2 of 1% of the 11 million Pinoys who elected him as Senator showed up at the Pensinsula Hotel lobby, he would ...what? Win something? Someone explain how much of an IQ is needed to learn which way of mounting a coup will not work.

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