Scarborough shoal, the ship hazard that is hazardous to peace and an ocean landmark magnet to war and greed. It is also a reef that enhances the rift between two nations; the gigantic bully China and the midget weakling Philippines. China claimed that the shoal is theirs since time immemorial, while The Philippines claimed that it's within their territory and a part of their sovereignty according to the law of the sea.
Filipinos are very much familiar with the word scarborough. Scarborough Shoal got its name from the ship Scarborough that sunk in that reef and brought the mates of the ill-fated ship into the ocean bed. On the other hand, the 3/4 timed and one of the most well loved American folk songs of the Filipinos, Scarborough Fair by Simon and Garfunkel, is composed of two counteracting melodies and lyrics, which coincidentally deals with family, friendship, home love, memories, soldiers, power, war, and death.
|Gregorio Del Pilar|
|Chinese surveillance ships off Scarborough Shoal,|
War is insane and like anyone else, I am afraid and I abhor war; but there is peace after war, like there is life after death. This article is not to encourage war, for just the thought of it could make my body quiver. But sometimes "when I am afraid, I am petrified"; and I can be like a rat with nowhere to run that would jumped into the chasing cat just to make scratch mark. Moreover, I believe that death is better than a life having someone constantly finger-lightly hitting your balls.