China Tries to Start a War?
by Anthony Wile
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times sour, elites turn to war, or at least start to escalate military
tensions. Europe and America are involved in at least four wars
now, and unfortunately the West's escalating military involvement
probably won't stop there. The West, in fact, seems destined to
build a full-scale regional war out of a series of disparate ones.
They are, all
of them, phony wars in some sense, even as they endlessly abide.
Afghanistan apparently wasn't justified, as the Taliban had nothing
to do with al-Qaeda and even offered to turn Osama bin Laden over
to the George W. Bush administration based on a submission of evidence
(that the US refused to present).
The Iraq war
was supposedly aimed at removing weapons of mass destruction (whatever
that means) from Saddam Hussein, but it seems he didn't have any.
Now the US has taken to bombing Libya and Yemen for some reason;
doubtless a justification will emerge (just don't hold you breath).
war is not simply a Western preoccupation. This is what China seems
to be trying to do. You won't read about it because the mainstream
media seems allergic to the story, but China's economy seems frankly
to be at a kind of turning point (the bad kind), and doubtless the
two issues are related.
up interest rates numerous times, the "dynamic" old men
of China's Politburo have managed to create a real-estate crash.
The crash in turn caused a series of municipal quasi-bankruptcies
across the country.
of China's communist financial gurus? They've now apparently allocated
the equivalent of US$1.2 trillion to "bail out" Chinese
townships and cities. This is being hailed as a great achievement
in Western economic circles. In a few months or years, I'm sure
these same geniuses will be claiming they saw the full-on crash
Chinese communist officials know what's going on. Bailouts don't
really work, after all, as the US and Europe have discovered, again
and again. So ... on to plan B. What's that? How about claiming
the entire South China Sea, some 678,000 square nautical miles?
If you're neighbors object you ... ah ... threaten them.
is going on now. Apparently, the very name "South China Sea"
gives the Chinese a sense that they can claim an entire body of
water as their own along with the Spratlys, and some other contested
islands. Actually, the Philippines' Palawan Island is supposedly
closest to the Spratlys, though Vietnam has a claim as well. Japan
is in the mix somewhere.
in particular, are not backing down. They just announced a live-fire
naval drill in the South China Sea. This escalation is actually
not a new development, merely a continuation of a territorial tussle
that has involved survey vessels and fishing trawlers, allegedly
cutting each other's lines, ramming each other, etc.
have extended to cyberspace, with both countries allegedly taking
aim at official websites. Chinese elements posted flags on Vietnamese
websites claiming the Spratlys. Vietnam hackers apparently did the
must know they likely don't have a claim. The rules of United Nations
Convention on Law of the Sea (Unclos) state that the country closest
to the disputed property is the owner. That seems to be the Philippines.
The Vietnamese, meanwhile, are apparently upset about the larger
issue having to do with China claiming an entire sea. Hard to blame
States, the owner of four ongoing wars, is of course in its eternal
role as peacemaker, calling for a "peaceful resolution."
But the Vietnamese are not backing down. Six hours of live-fire
will soon commence around Hon Ong Island off the coast of Vietnam.
A spokesperson has called it part of routine training.
China has advised
Vietnam such activities violate its sovereignty in the disputed,
oil-rich waters. Vietnam, in turn, has deployed eight ships near
the area in question. "Nobody wants war but when there is an
escalation we will act," vice defense minister Lieutenant General
Nguyen Chi Vinh has been quoted as saying.
US State Department
spokesman Mark Toner responded that the US was "troubled"
by rising tensions that "don't help peace and security in the
region ... We support a collaborative diplomatic process and call
on all claimants to conform to all the claims, both land and maritime,
to international law."
posture was noted by US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who warned
recently that there was a good chance of skirmishes breaking out.
OK, thanks. But why should the West be the only one to raise global
Are we the
only ones to sense the parallelism? Modern history is repeating
what happened some 500 years ago when the Gutenberg Press was invented.
About 100 years after its invention, the world was thrust into turmoil
as Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to a church door denouncing
the Catholic Church.
Protestant Reformation, Glorious Revolution, American Revolution,
French Revolution, the Enlightenment and numerous other social convulsions
soon followed. So did wars. Endless "peasant wars" and
religious wars, some of them dragging on for decades.
Many of these
seemed to have no proximate causes, much as modern wars seem to
have no real causes. They were, and are, artificial hostilities.
That's how Western power elites work. That's how they seem to keep
control. Strategic chaos.
happening again as Anglo-American elites struggle desperately to
restrain the damage of the Internet, and the growing awareness that
the world's entire economic and political structure is controlled,
to some degree, from the City of London.
so many wars at one point, 400 years ago, that the European elites
finally sat down and began to engineer what became known (a weary
decade later) as the Peace of Westphalia. It recognized the inviolate
nature of nation-state borders and stated that no nation has the
right to interfere in the affairs of another. This is the Treaty
that the UN, under the guidance of the Western elites, abrogated
The UN Security
Council in its infinite wisdom substituted something called R2P.
"Responsibility to Protect" mandates that when the UN's
leading powers discern a civilian threat, they have a virtual OBLIGATION
to warn the government in question against taking action to enforce
that threat. If the government does not cease and desist, R2P suggests
a mobilization of force.
Is it coincidence
that the world's economy is on a straight glide toward a "double
dip" which surely constitutes a Depression? Is it a
coincidence that the UN just happened to get rid of the truce of
Westphalia five years ago, and now the West (NATO) is involved in
four live wars, and doubtless more to come? Is it a coincidence
that China, which has aped the disastrous economies of the West
in every way, is now industriously working on its own series of
No, none of
this seems to be a coincidence. It is perhaps a response to the
Internet and a growing world-wide awareness about how the world
really works, how free-markets are better than government mandates
and price-fixing and the growing conviction that a few, intergenerational
central banking families shouldn't be in a position to affect the
lives of millions and billions. In other words, it appears to be
a response to the Internet Reformation and more and more people's
thoughts are becoming clearer and clearer with every passing moment
clearly this is an unwanted set of circumstances for those
who seek to govern through fear, ignorance and manipulation.
There are patterns
at work here, as evil as they are ancient. Protect yourself
as rough waters surely lie ahead.
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Wile is an author, columnist, media commentator and entrepreneur
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