Date: July 04, 2021 11:30AM
Done & Done Wrote:
> My comment regarding ten year olds meant that I
> see a bigger picture than just the good that the
> future may hold. The Chinese leader's comments
> smack of an agenda of World Domination.
No, D&D. It does not “smack” of anything like that. But your interpretation seems very popular among Americans for obvious reasons. Let’s look at your Xi quote again:
“The Chinese people will absolutely not allow any foreign force to bully, oppress or enslave us and anyone who attempts to do so will face broken heads and bloodshed in front of the iron Great Wall of the 1.4 billion Chinese people…”
Every people on the planet has a right to this, to not be bullied, oppressed, or enslaved by a foreign power, and Article 51 of the UN Charter prohibits impairment of individual or collective self-defence. Xi’s statement is essentially banal.
Yet, you see code for Chinese “World Domination” with capitals. Why do you suppose you see it that way?
Americans seem to be the only people on the planet that don’t know that THEY are the foreign force that every one else fears, the amoral Rome of today that bullies, oppresses and enslaves entire populations. The way Americans have broadened and enforced the Monroe Doctrine alone has produced uncountable miseries upon entire populations south of your border. But the American reflex for hegemony doesn’t stop at it’s own hemisphere, it encompasses the entire planet and every living thing on it. Whether it’s 750 military bases or 1000+, these bases and the accompanying gulag system are set up to threaten and enforce this hegemony world-wide. One need not read Chalmers Johnson to know all this, but he set it out in detail for all to see.
And it costs a lot of money, including yours:
“In 2019, the U.S. spent $732 billion on the military, which was more than China, India, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and Brazil combined. That's more than the 10 next highest-spending nations combined, three of which (France, Germany and the U.K.) are allied to the U.S. through the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and three of which have long been strategic regional allies (South Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia).”https://www.newsweek.com/congress-debates-military-budget-us-spend-more-next-10-countries-combined-1519753
That’s one reason why thousands are sleeping under every bridge in your city of lost angels and scores of American cities besides.
What Xi is saying, a little graphically, is that China will not only not kowtow to the American Empire, the foreign force he’s actually speaking of, but will not even countenance any bullying, either. Kowtowing is what America is use to and expects from the world, but is the very thing it is increasingly not receiving. For one, China is providing an alternative, for example its financing of large capital investments for infrastructure around the world. Etc.
Your thumbnail sketch of history is instructive:
> Cavemen had their clubs to kill off a few. Then
> came horses and hordes who could go after a few
> thousand. The Roman empire ramped it up and ruled
> extensively and brutally to keep the momentum.
> Next came gases and chemicals and people were
> dying by the millions. The methods change, people
> do not. Its' all musical chairs in the end. Who
> will get the last seat and how?
Essentially what you’re saying is that there is no such thing as win-win, that everything is zero-sum-gain, that Imperialism is inevitable, and since it is so, it is better for everyone that American Imperialism continues to grow and go unchallenged.
China disagrees. And it now has the power to do so.
And since America frittered away any semblance of a moral authority with its invasions of Iraq and etc and the continuing aftermath, many in the world are looking to China. This is part of Chalmers’s Blowback.
Sorry to have to type this on the 4th. But what has to be faced for the sake of all the ten year olds in the world is whether you people keep paying for this crumbling hegemony or begin to demand that it winds down. Since many American citizens share the paranoid vision and attending hubris of their CIA and MIC in general, which they continue to willingly pay for, I have my doubts the US will wind anything down unless it is forced. Better for everyone that YOU and your fellow citizens wind it down before the world collectively winds it down for you.
Human, hoping for a day America replaces The Star-Spangled Banner with God Bless America for its anthem