(Sub-titled: When is your avowed enemy no longer your enemy?)
Not that many who read blogs will all that clearly remember, but about 50 or so years ago, and for the better part of the 50’s and 60’s, America had an almost Paranoic Fear of Communist Russia – an ally of theirs throughout World War Two!
(OK, ‘Ally’ might be pushing it a little but both were fighting against fascist Germany and Adolf Hitler’s War Machine – although for decidedly differing reasons of their own).
Back then America’s leading lights were desperate to warn the populace of the threat of ‘Reds under our Beds’ which lead to the infamous McCarthy Communist witchhunt trials and the Nuclear Arms Race that threatened world-wide mutual annihilation of the planet and gave us the famous ‘Minutes to Midnight’ Atomic War Countdown Clock.
Communism was the greatest threat, not only to the American Way of Life, but also of the freedom of the whole world and the Commies were showing their desire for world domination through events like a 10 year war against insurgent forces (the Mujahadeen) in Afghanistan who were opposed to the installation of a pro-communist puppet government that was helping keep the Afghanis under their rule. ( Why does that sound so familiar???) 😉
After the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in the 90’s it seems the US no longer has quite the same fear of the communist agenda – that there is no longer the threat of World Domination (at least not one that America fears but eagerly participates in); Even though Russia, and the Ukraine still have largely the same amount of Nuclear Missiles and warheads as they used to, albeit a small reduction due to SALT agreements from the ridiculous levels they had once reached.
Since the successful attack on ‘Home soil’ by a bunch of Saudi’s with a grudge (and yes – Osama IS also a Saudi – but clearly they are not the source of the ‘Problem’ nor pose the US any threat at all??) America has found a new threat that must be crushed at all costs – That of Islamic Fundamentalist Terrorism and it would seem that not only is Communism no longer a threat – it is their Greatest Ally!!!
Huh? What is he talking about? Has love gone crazy? The US is not ally to Russia?
True – however it appears to have escaped the attetnion of the US leadership that China is actually a Marxist Communist-ruled country.
The fate of the US – through it’s number one consideration, it’s Economy – is now largely, if not dependently, reliant upon China for it’s continued existance.
The amount of wealth Chinese citizens have invested in the US Dollar and economy is frightening – at least it would be frightening to me if i was American.
There are those who suggest that this is not actually a ‘bad’ thing for America – that any country that holds large investments in the currency and capital of another country will have less desire to go to war against the second country.
That this would damage their investment.
Coming from a country that has got where it is today largely through the power of the corporate take-over, where one company buys out another’s capital and then makes them an offer to good to refuse, and considering the Chinese Empire has a 5000 year tradition of ruling it’s people and anyone else they go to war with with a ruthless efficiency to one purpose – the Glory of China (and it’s Ruling Class) i can’t help but think this needs further (and quite urgent) thought.