The Words of Richard Nixon i find strangely appropriate now…
By the way – for any who may be in some doubt let me make one thing Absolutely Clear.
I am not ‘anti-‘ anything (other than great injustices – minor injustices i tend to put up with unless they directly affect me or those i care most about) 🙂
I am not Anti-Communist, i am not racist or Anti- Chinese; -Japanese; -Sumatran or -Somalian or any other human segregation we have made. I Am Pro-Australian, because it is my country of choice, not of birth.
The thing i am most opposed to is the UNFAIR competition all Superpowers have in the world by reason of their superior strength, be it economic, civil or military.
That throughout History ALL ’empires’ have only succeeded in making temporary and minor gains for their populations while ensuring massive wealth and gains for their leaders – and all at the expense of gouging out an unfair share of another country’s (and in some cases most of the rest of the the world’s) economic wealth.
No Empire in history has ever increased it’s wealth and well-being of it’s population equitably and solely by means of it’s own contributions. All have made gains through the involuntary sacrifices of other Sovereignties, and distributed that wealth unfairly within it’s population (Just look at Saudi Arabia – or the fact that despite a massive increase in wealth for some 300 million Chinese, still over 75% of it’s population, a thousand million people, live in virtual agricultural poverty and it has some of the poorest paid labour forces in the world today – which is why their goods are so cheap to purchase – or used to be, China is able more and more to demand it’s own price for what it alone now is able to produce for world consumption).
As the Chinese Empire is rapidly growing into the leading superpower on this planet we will all come to know how that actually feels, (being forced to accept things we don’t truly want but have to accept – losing your own ‘identity’, your culture and tradition, in the process), not just those of us who live in ‘lesser’ country’s. I don’t expect many – other than the percentage of Chinese who improve their relative wealth and status in the world – are going to be all that happy about it.
I believe any country’s leaders have the Right to do whatever their population’s are prepared to let them do – IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY!! And that is as far as their ‘Rights’ extend – unless by mutually agreed (and non-forced, ‘negotiational’ co-operation.
I know that is and never has been the way the world actually works – but i like to think we may have reached the stage where we can actually agree it is a fairer way to run the planet.
China – please take note!
Love can Hopeth All Things.