The historical Red October


Some assume that the term “Red October” is a casual cinematic allusion to a movie and a book. In literature, Tom Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October is pure fiction. In reality, maybe it’s not.

Clancy’s book was about a betrayal and a submarine named after a rebellion. And it was about a vengeful and hate-filled naval officer gone rogue and treasonous. Note the uncanny parallelisms and the allusions to today.

While the color red implies communism and the date October implies imminence, such forebodings may be far more sinister than mere movie melodrama.

Given the possible conspiratorial authors of the term as applied to a reported destabilization plot against a duly elected and legitimate president and a fully functioning government substantially supported by the people, the labeling reveals a profound threat against our democracy.

Thereupon, the implied destabilization alarm turns scarier as dark trepidations and deep fears of insidious forces, both inside and outside the government, threaten to engulf us, sparking and re-igniting the same violence then threatened in the Oakwood Coup and the Manila Peninsula Rebellion.

While Clancy’s fiction was about a single act of treason and betrayal, the Red October alluded to today involved coordinated planning, contrived imagery and far-reaching consequences that would eventually change a whole nation’s course and its society according to the designs of an insidious cabal.

Allow us to array various aspects of the real historical Red October with the announcement of a conspiracy to destabilize the Philippine government plotted by conspiratorial critics and oppositionists seizing what they think is a timely opportunity given momentary economic downturns, organized wage demands and food shortages.

The term Red October goes back over half a century. Ominously, then as now, it was remotely connected with Philippine history.

In September 1905 a Russian battle cruiser docked at the US naval base in the Philippines left its safe haven for the Baltic seas. Christened the Aurora, the ship had been interred in the Philippines since 6 June 1905 after it had figured at the Battle of Tsushima during the Russo-Japanese War at the start of the last century.

Russia had lost that battle and among the three in the Russian Baltic Squadron that escaped being scuttled, intact and still seaworthy albeit battle-weary and war-damaged, the Aurora sailed to the Philippines.

At the end of the war the Aurora returned to the Baltic and from there until 1912, it would travel to various ports, including Asia, until eventually berthing at Petrograd (St. Petersburg) for major repairs and a retrofit. The year was 1916. Within a year, the Aurora would resurrect itself in history.

In the Winter Palace of Peter the Great, the last remnants of a Russian provisional government were surrounded and laid siege upon by the Bolsheviks. Soviet literature officially records this time as the Great October Socialist Revolution. It was led by Vladimir Lenin. Outside the palace, but still within Petrograd, the insurrection was armed and would soon ignite violently.

It coincided with food shortages and demands for higher wages and the arrival of five naval destroyers that joined the Aurora.

“Such forebodings may be far more sinister than mere movie melodrama.

At 9:45 p.m. on 25 October 1917, as pre-arranged, the Aurora fired a shot signaling the attack at the Winter Palace. This marked the start of the first communist government in Russia.

Within six months, the last of the Russian monarchy would die in a dark cellar, shot, clubbed, beaten and bayoneted — an innocent family massacred ruthlessly. The remains of Czar Nicholas Romanov II and his family were then quickly buried deep in the Yekaterinburg bush.

Never mind that the Romanovs were, by then, long-before imprisoned and stripped of any power. Never mind that their innocent children were young, unmarried and fallen ill.

October 1917 would later be called “Red October.” Far from cinematic allusions, these events turn gravely ominous as we’ve recklessly erased from legal memory violent crimes inflicted on us.