The articles posted here and the Olympics have gotten me thinking and since I had some time I thought I'd share my musings with you.
Why did the Tiananmen Square Massacre occur? Why did Iraq invade Kuwait? Why did Russia invade Georgia?
The common answer to all of these questions is because they could; because China, Iraq and Russia all believed that their opponent was weaker than they were. Why is this significant?
It is signficant because there is a trend in America to level the playing field with other nations and there is a notion that the United States must always take the moral high ground. This is all well and good in an ideal world, but in our world it weakens us.
Mark my words – at any time that Russia or China believes that the United States has weakened to the point that it can be conquered they will attempt to take over our country.
I have seen many instances of people projecting human qualities onto animals, especially wild animals, only to be bitten, mauled or killed. This is the same mistake America is making with Russia and China. They do not embrace our ideals, our values or our respect for life.
Look at the Olympics – is there any doubt that the Chinese have repeatedly cheated to win? Most of us would be appalled if we found out that our country was systemmatically violating Olympic rules to win a medal.
Look at what the Chinese governement and its people will sacrifice to win a stupid medal. They allow the government to take their children out of their homes and create roboti-like atheletes out of them. They don’t value family the way we do. This doesn’t mean that parents don’t’ love their children, but the parents are willing to sacrifice their children because they either fear the government or they have a misguided sense of patriotism. Either way, it is not the American way and it is scary to think of the sacrifices they would make to win a war against us.
There are two ways to fight a war – directly and indirectly. I see the Cold war as an example of an indirect war. This is the type of war Russia and China are waging against the United States right now. China’s major weapon is the economy. Theirs is growing stronger while ours weakens. They “own” us the way a bookie owns a gambling client on a big losing streak. At some point that gambler must turn around his luck or his legs are going to get broken.
The United States must unite once again. The people must want to be a strong nation and willing to sacrifice to become strong once again. We have to look at the trade agreements in which we have entered, we must look at our environmental standards, we must look at our energy policy and our military investments to find the path back to a strong economy.
Time is running out for us. We need to wake up and unite to build a strong America if we want to live a peaceful life and ensure that our children live in peace too.