Friday, July 15, 2005
China calls the bully's bluff
The enclosed link, from today's world headlines, is China's joyful take down of a global bully, the U.S. government. The Chinese military has now publicly placed the prospect of nuclear war on the table over interference in the matter of Taiwan.
I think this is a positive announcement aimed at preserving peace. The U.S., in effect, is finished as a military power in the Far East and good riddance indeed! Our presence has meant nothing more than a legacy of death, destruction and dislocation to the people of East Asia ever since we sailed into Manila Harbor and began building bases in the Philippine archipelago in the early 20th century. It was called, even way back then, gun boat diplomacy.
The following rogues gallery of disasters this policy proceeded to inflict on the region includes: two urban nuclear bombings over Japan (after massive civilian targeted firebombing which incinerated nearly a half-million innocent people); the Korean War; the Vietnam War; plus U.S. inspired political fiascos resulting in massive bloodletting in the Philippines, Indonesia and Cambodia to name but a few.
This new message from China is a clear concise warning: "Yankee go home!", and I hope he does.
Gun boat diplomacy has finally run it's course in Asia. Hip-hip-hooray!
It's only a matter of time before we are tossed from Southwestern Asia too. Tra-rah-rah-boom-dee-ay!