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Friday, April 01, 2005

The posterior of hindsight

In 1492, Spanish forces offered safe passage to Muslims besieged in Grenada, then attacked and slaughtered all 40,000 of them. This is, apparently, the origin of the term April Fool.

So I wonder how much we are all fools for believing in safe passage?

Hands up who has forgotten that the Soviets were bent on world domination.

Hands up if you don't know Middle Eastern nations have long been expecting a jihad of some sort to trigger the overthrow of the Christian world.

Hands up if you don't believe China may one day make a play for Taiwan, Korea or Tibet.

If your hand is up, you are probably busy trying to find the next US President as a tree-hugging, flower child with a vaccine containing Neville Chamberlain’s stem cells.

If there is a radical shift in the balance of power in the next 50 years, the new President will be standing on the White House lawn, trousers down, bending over, complete with a laser targeting system activated on the posterior of hindsight.

I am not suggesting we are on the verge of a world war here, but the idea I would like you to consider, if you could just stop criticizing American foreign policy for a few moments, is the concept that America is not the ONLY nation in the world trying to shape others into its own image.

Taking the long term view, Elections in Iraq may be far better for our way of life than you are probably prepared to admit.

And of all the countries out there, given that I can choose NOT to watch American TV, the US system, comparatively speaking, and with the knowledge it continues to evolve is not too shabby.

Posted by ZenTiger | 4/01/2005 08:49:00 AM


Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

My hand is up!

4/01/2005 05:16:00 PM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

OK, you Troll. Which of the three comes as a surprise?

4/01/2005 07:37:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Korea. No-one wants that craphole.

You forgot to mention the island chain and oil fields between China and the Phillipines.

4/01/2005 07:43:00 PM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Korea has some good technology industry that China is interested in. However, rather than overt takeover, it is buying up companies in Korea (and others around the world) to help ramp up its production.

Here's a general sort of article about this.

Thanks for the tip about the oil fields. It's probably one of many little projects of interest underway.

Where all this is going is any-ones guess, but that was the point of my post.

4/02/2005 11:17:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Sorry, thought you were talking about North Korea. South Korea is a rather hard nut to take militarily. The RoK Army is known as bad arses (in the days of Park and his predecessors), and the RoK Air Force is upgrading to some serious combat aircraft.

The most likely thing for China to do is make some stupid move on that island chain, or play some dirty tricks in Taiwan leading to war (e.g. assassinating pro-democracy leaders).

4/03/2005 01:17:00 AM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Doesn't China lease the Panama Canal now?

Will be interesting to see what internal
Chinese pro-democracy dissidents do in the near future, e.g. peaceful demonstrations.

4/03/2005 01:19:00 AM  

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