As antithetical as it is to the Christmas spirit of peace on Earth and good will toward all men, the unfortunate reality is that the grossly cynical view of peace asÂ merely a temporary interruption of war is as true today as it ever was.Â
AsÂ Americans finish up their Christmas shopping and read encouraging, heart-warming stories of troops returning home followingÂ the “end” of the Iraqi War, more realistic observers are aware the conflict is far fromÂ over and that many of those same soldiers will soon be re-engaging in that and other wars.Â
Even more ominous in our unstable world are the activities of America’s primary trading partner, lender of hundreds of billions to our treasury, and ourÂ unacknowledgedÂ adversary, the Peoples Republic of China, the PRC.Â Â Â
Almost two years ago, I posted an opinion piece, “The Coming War With China,” whichÂ offered the unoriginal theory that the inscrutable Chinese were preparing for an inevitable clash with the only power that stands inÂ the way ofÂ their world dominance, the United States.Â
Russia continues to make noises and threats asserting its pretensions but, despite Putin’s blustering and new missile development,Â the time of the Russian Bear passed with the passing of the U.S.S.R. and the best hope the new Russia now has is a militaryÂ alliance with the PRC when the appropriate time comes for alliances. Â
And it will.Â Â Â
Â Â For years, most military analystsÂ felt China did not pose a realistic threat to AmericaÂ and little chanceÂ to re-claim what it considers Chinese territory in Taiwan because of a weak, under-equipped navy, particularly a dearth of aircraft carriers.Â
That assessment has been changing as rapidly as China’s economicÂ boom has boomedÂ and was recently updated after a commercial American satellite–not the CIA–discovered a Chinese aircraft carrier under way in the Yellow Sea.Â Almost as secretive as its ally, North Korea, China originally contendedÂ the Varyag, purchased from UkraineÂ ten years ago, would be converted into a floating casino.Â
Something changedÂ and now the PRC isÂ saying the VaryagÂ ”is intended for research and training, which has led to speculation that it plans to build future copies,” according to a Huffington Post report.Â
Attempting to save face in the wake of the private satellite photo, our Defense Department expressed no surprise amdÂ suggested the carrier wouldn’t be fully operational for years.Â (http://huff.to/vc6taU)
One re-furbished Soviet carrier does not an attack force make but others could very well beÂ in process,Â under theÂ un-watchful CIA eyes and insensitive noses.Â
Â Also,Â as I pointed out in “The Coming War with China,” there are multiple otherÂ indicators that the PRC has been tirelessly preparing for war, all the while alleging purely defensive purposes in a land of 1.3 billion people spread over 3.7 million square miles.
Extensive construction of nuclear fall-out shelters could conceivably be interpreted as defensive precautions.Â
However,Â activities such as conducting research into the vulnerabilities of U.S. power grids, pouring billions of yuan into developing a massive navy, billions more into Latin America and Africa, and moving to displace the dollar as the world’s reserve currencyÂ are suggestive of both economic warfare and a less than peaceful intent.
As IÂ rhetorically asked in “The Coming War,” “Why would China be building a massive millitary strike force, extending its reach throughout the globe, manipulating the U.S. economy, plotting an attack on our electric grid, and building fall out shelters?” (http://bit.ly/tYNYPn)Â Â Â Â Â
The quease-inducing answer, my friend, isn’t blowing in the wind.Â It’s blowing in the winds of war.