As Time Goes By - Dooley Wilson, Casablanca

Seeing photos of flowers and other gifts between lovers today reminded me of this song popularized by the movie Casablanca in 1942. It seems that despite all the advances in technology, some things remain the same.

As the lyrics would say: “And when two lovers woo, They still say, ‘I love you.’ On that you can rely. No matter what the future brings, as time goes by.”

The Philippines enjoys a defense treaty with the United States, as Czechoslovakia did with France. Yet there’s good reason to believe that the war-weary Washington of 2014—like the war-weary Paris of 1938—would rather see Manila capitulate than risk world war.