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Pilger writes: "When I first went to Hiroshima in 1967, the shadow on the steps was still there. It was an almost perfect impression of a human being at ease: legs splayed, back bent, one hand by her side as she sat waiting for a bank to open. At a quarter past eight on the morning of 6 August, 1945, she and her silhouette were burned into the granite. I stared at the shadow for an hour or more, unforgettably. When I returned many years later, it was gone: taken away, 'disappeared,' a political embarrassment."

Philippine soldiers and a U.S. Army soldier from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat of the 5th Infantry Division take their positions after disembarking from a C-47 Chinook helicopter during an air assault exercise inside the military training camp of Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija province north of Manila, April 20, 2015. (photo: AFP)
Philippine soldiers and a U.S. Army soldier from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat of the 5th Infantry Division take their positions after disembarking from a C-47 Chinook helicopter during an air assault exercise inside the military training camp of Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija province north of Manila, April 20, 2015. (photo: AFP)


The Coming War on China

By John Pilger, teleSUR

06 December 16

 

The greatest build-up of American-led military forces since the Second World War is well under way.

hen I first went to Hiroshima in 1967, the shadow on the steps was still there. It was an almost perfect impression of a human being at ease: legs splayed, back bent, one hand by her side as she sat waiting for a bank to open. At a quarter past eight on the morning of 6 August, 1945, she and her silhouette were burned into the granite. I stared at the shadow for an hour or more, unforgettably. When I returned many years later, it was gone: taken away, “disappeared”, a political embarrassment.

I have spent two years making a documentary film, The Coming War on China, in which the evidence and witnesses warn that nuclear war is no longer a shadow, but a contingency. The greatest build-up of American-led military forces since the Second World War is well under way. They are in the northern hemisphere, on the western borders of Russia, and in Asia and the Pacific, confronting China.

The great danger this beckons is not news, or it is buried and distorted: a drumbeat of mainstream fake news that echoes the psychopathic fear embedded in public consciousness during much of the 20th century.

Like the renewal of post-Soviet Russia, the rise of China as an economic power is declared an “existential threat” to the divine right of the United States to rule and dominate human affairs.

To counter this, in 2011 President Obama announced a “pivot to Asia”, which meant that almost two-thirds of US naval forces would be transferred to Asia and the Pacific by 2020. Today, more than 400 American military bases encircle China with missiles, bombers, warships and, above all, nuclear weapons. From Australia north through the Pacific to Japan, Korea and across Eurasia to Afghanistan and India, the bases form, says one US strategist, “the perfect noose.”

A study by the RAND Corporation – which, since Vietnam, has planned America’s wars – is entitled, War with China: Thinking Through the Unthinkable. Commissioned by the US Army, the authors evoke the cold war when RAND made notorious the catch cry of its chief strategist, Herman Kahn -- “thinking the unthinkable”. Kahn’s book, On Thermonuclear War, elaborated a plan for a “winnable” nuclear war against the Soviet Union.

Today, his apocalyptic view is shared by those holding real power in the United States: the militarists and neo-conservatives in the executive, the Pentagon, the intelligence and “national security” establishment and Congress.

The current Secretary of Defense, Ashley Carter, a verbose provocateur, says U.S. policy is to confront those “who see America’s dominance and want to take that away from us.”

Forall the attempts to detect a departure in foreign policy, this is almost certainly the view of Donald Trump, whose abuse of China during the election campaign included that of “rapist” of the American economy. On 2 December, in a direct provocation of China, President-elect Trump spoke to the President of Taiwan, which China considers a renegade province of the mainland. Armed with American missiles, Taiwan is an enduring flashpoint between Washington and Beijing.

“The United States,” wrote Amitai Etzioni, professor of international Affairs at George Washington University, “is preparing for a war with China, a momentous decision that so far has failed to receive a thorough review from elected officials, namely the White House and Congress.” This war would begin with a “blinding attack against Chinese anti-access facilities, including land and sea-based missile launchers … satellite and anti-satellite weapons.”

The incalculable risk is that “deep inland strikes could be mistakenly perceived by the Chinese as pre-emptive attempts to take out its nuclear weapons, thus cornering them into ‘a terrible use-it-or-lose-it dilemma’ [that would] lead to nuclear war.”

In 2015, the Pentagon released its Law of War Manual. “The United States,” it says, “has not accepted a treaty rule that prohibits the use of nuclear weapons perse, and thus nuclear weapons are lawful weapons for the United States.”

In China, a strategist told me, “We are not your enemy, but if you [in the West] decide we are, we must prepare without delay.” China’s military and arsenal are small compared to America’s. However, “for the first time,” wrote Gregory Kulacki of the Union of Concerned Scientists, “China is discussing putting its nuclear missiles on high alert so that they can be launched quickly on warning of an attack … This would be a significant and dangerous change in Chinese policy … Indeed, the nuclear weapon policies of the United States are the most prominent external factor influencing Chinese advocates for raising the alert level of China’s nuclear forces.”

Professor Ted Postol was scientific adviser to the head of US naval operations. An authority on nuclear weapons, he told me, “Everybody here wants to look like they’re tough. See I got to be tough … I’m not afraid of doing anything military, I’m not afraid of threatening; I’m a hairy-chested gorilla. And we have gotten into a state, the United States has gotten into a situation where there’s a lot of sabre-rattling, and it’s really being orchestrated from the top.”

I said, “This seems incredibly dangerous.”

In 2015, in considerable secrecy, the US staged its biggest single military exercise since the Cold War. This was Talisman Sabre; an armada of ships and long-range bombers rehearsed an “Air-Sea Battle Concept for China” – ASB -- blocking sea lanes in the Straits of Malacca and cutting off China’s access to oil, gas and other raw materials from the Middle East and Africa.

It is such a provocation, and the fear of a US Navy blockade, that has seen China feverishly building strategic airstrips on disputed reefs and islets in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Last July, the UN Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled against China’s claim of sovereignty over these islands. Although the action was brought by the Philippines, it was presented by leading American and British lawyers and could be traced to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In 2010, Clinton flew to Manila. She demanded that America’s former colony reopen the US military bases closed down in the 1990s following a popular campaign against the violence they generated, especially against Filipino women. She declared China’s claim on the Spratly Islands – which lie more than 7,500 miles from the United States – a threat to US “national security” and to “freedom of navigation.”

Handed millions of dollars in arms and military equipment, the then government of President Benigno Aquino broke off bilateral talks with China and signed a secretive Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement with the US. This established five rotating US bases and restored a hated colonial provision that American forces and contractors were immune from Philippine law.

The election of Rodrigo Duterte in April has unnerved Washington. Calling himself a socialist, he declared, “In our relations with the world, the Philippines will pursue an independent foreign policy” and noted that the United States had not apologized for its colonial atrocities. “I will break up with America,” he said, and promised to expel US troops. But the US remains in the Philippines; and joint military exercises continue.

In 2014, under the rubric of “information dominance” – the jargon for media manipulation, or fake news, on which the Pentagon spends more than $4 billion –the Obama administration launched a propaganda campaign that cast China, the world’s greatest trading nation, as a threat to “freedom of navigation.”

CNN led the way, its “national security reporter” reporting excitedly from on board a US Navy surveillance flight over the Spratlys. The BBC persuaded frightened Filipino pilots to fly a single-engine Cessna over the disputed islands “to see how the Chinese would react”. None of these reporters questioned why the Chinese were building airstrips off their own coastline, or why American military forces were massing on China’s doorstep.

The designated chief propagandist is Admiral Harry Harris, the US military commander in Asia and the Pacific. “My responsibilities,” he told the New York Times, “cover Bollywood to Hollywood, from polar bears to penguins.” Never was imperial domination described as pithily.

Harris is one of a brace of Pentagon admirals and generals briefing selected, malleable journalists and broadcasters, with the aim of justifying a threat as specious as that with which George W. Bush and Tony Blair justified the destruction of Iraq and much of the Middle East.

In Los Angeles in September, Harris declared he was “ready to confront a revanchist Russia and an assertive China … If we have to fight tonight, I don’t want it to be a fair fight. If it’s a knife fight, I want to bring a gun. If it’s a gun fight, I want to bring in the artillery … and all our partners with their artillery.”

These “partners” include South Korea, the launch pad for the Pentagon’s Terminal High Altitude Air Defense system, known as THAAD, ostensibly aimed at North Korea. As Professor Postol points out, it targets China.

In Sydney, Australia, Harris called on China to “tear down its Great Wall in the South China Sea”. The imagery was front page news. Australia is America’s most obsequious “partner”; its political elite, military, intelligence agencies and the media are integrated into what is known as the “alliance.” Closing the Sydney Harbour Bridge for the motorcade of a visiting American government “dignitary” is not uncommon. The war criminal Dick Cheney was afforded this honor.

Although China is Australia’s biggest trader, on which much of the national economy relies, “confronting China” is the diktat from Washington. The few political dissenters in Canberra risk McCarthyite smears in the Murdoch press. “You in Australia are with us come what may,” said one of the architects of the Vietnam war, McGeorge Bundy. One of the most important US bases is Pine Gap near Alice Springs.Founded by the CIA, it spies on China and all of Asia, and is a vital contributor to Washington’s murderous war by drone in the Middle East.

In October, Richard Marles, the defense spokesman of the main Australian opposition party, the Labor Party, demanded that “operational decisions” in provocative acts against China be left to military commanders in the South China Sea. In other words, a decision that could mean war with a nuclear power should not be taken by an elected leader or a parliament but by an admiral or a general.

(photo: teleSUR)

This is the Pentagon line, a historic departure for any state calling itself a democracy. The ascendancy of the Pentagon in Washington – which Daniel Ellsberg has called a silent coup -- is reflected in the record $5 trillion America has spent on aggressive wars since 9/11, according to a study by Brown University. The million dead in Iraq and the flight of 12 million refugees from at least four countries are the consequence.

The Japanese island of Okinawa has 32 military installations, from which Korea,Vietnam, Cambodia, Afghanistan and Iraq have been attacked by the United States. Today, the principal target is China, with whom Okinawans have close cultural and trade ties.

There are military aircraft constantly in the sky over Okinawa; they sometimes crash into homes and schools. People cannot sleep, teachers cannot teach. Wherever they go in their own country, they are fenced in and told to keep out.

A popular Okinawan anti-base movement has been growing since a 12-year-old girl was gang-raped by US troops in 1995. It was one of hundreds of such crimes, many of them never prosecuted. Barely acknowledged in the wider world, the resistance has seen the election of Japan’s first anti-base governor, Takeshi Onaga, and presented an unfamiliar hurdle to the Tokyo government and the ultra-nationalist prime minister Shinzo Abe’s plans to repeal Japan’s “peace constitution.”

The resistance includes Fumiko Shimabukuro, aged 87, a survivor of the Second World War when a quarter of Okinawans died in the American invasion. Fumiko and hundreds of others took refuge in beautiful Henoko Bay, which she is now fighting to save. The US wants to destroy the bay in order to extend runways for its bombers. “We have a choice,” she said, “silence or life.” As we gathered peacefully outside the US base, Camp Schwab, giant Sea Stallion helicopters hovered over us for no reason other than to intimidate.

Across the East China Sea lies the Korean island of Jeju, a semi- tropical sanctuary and World Heritage Site declared “an island of world peace.” On this island of world peace has been built one of the most provocative military bases in the world, less than 400 miles from Shanghai. The fishing village of Gangjeong is dominated by a South Korean naval base purpose-built for US aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines and destroyers equipped with the Aegis missile system, aimed at China.

A people’s resistance to these war preparations has been a presence on Jeju for almost a decade. Every day, often twice a day, villagers, Catholic priests and supporters from all over the world stage a religious mass that blocks the gates of the base. In a country where political demonstrations are often banned, unlike powerful religions, the tactic has produced an inspiring spectacle.

One of the leaders, Father Mun Jeong-hyeon, told me, “I sing four songs every day at the base, regardless of the weather. I sing in typhoons -- no exception. To build this base, they destroyed the environment, and the life of the villagers, and we should be a witness to that. They want to rule the Pacific. They want to make China isolated in the world. They want to be emperor of the world.”

I flew from Jeju to Shanghai for the first time in more than a generation. When I was last in China, the loudest noise I remember was the tinkling of bicycle bells; Mao Zedong had recently died, and the cities seemed dark places, in which foreboding and expectation competed. Within a few years, Deng Xiopeng, the “man who changed China,” was the “paramount leader.” Nothing prepared me for the astonishing changes today.

China presents exquisite ironies, not least the house in Shanghai where Mao and his comrades secretly founded the Communist Party of China in 1921. Today, it stands in the heart of a very capitalist shipping district; you walk out of this communist shrine with your Little Red Book and your plastic bust of Mao into the embrace of Starbucks, Apple, Cartier, Prada.

Would Mao be shocked? I doubt it. Five years before his great revolution in 1949, he sent this secret message to Washington. “China must industrialize.” He wrote, “This can only be done by free enterprise. Chinese and American interests fit together, economically and politically. America need not fear that we will not be co-operative. We cannot risk any conflict.”

Mao offered to meet Franklin Roosevelt in the White House, and his successor Harry Truman, and his successor Dwight Eisenhower. He was rebuffed, or willfully ignored. The opportunity that might have changed contemporary history, prevented wars in Asia and saved countless lives was lost because the truth of these overtures was denied in1950s Washington “when the catatonic Cold War trance,” wrote the critic James Naremore, “held our country in its rigid grip”.

The fake mainstream news that once again presents China as a threat is of the same mentality.

The world is inexorably shifting east; but the astonishing vision of Eurasia from China is barely understood in the West. The “New Silk Road” is a ribbon of trade, ports, pipelines and high-speed trains all the way to Europe. The world’s leader in rail technology, China is negotiating with 28 countries for routes on which trains will reach up to 400 kms an hour. This opening to the world has the approval of much of humanity and, along the way, is uniting China and Russia.

“I believe in American exceptionalism with every fibre of my being,” said Barack Obama, evoking the fetishism of the1930s. This modern cult of superiority is Americanism, the world’s dominant predator. Under the liberal Obama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, nuclear warhead spending has risen higher than under any president since the end of the Cold War. A mini nuclear weapon is planned. Known as the B61 Model 12, it will mean, says General James Cartwright, former vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that “going smaller [makes its use] more thinkable.”

In September, the Atlantic Council, a mainstream US geopolitical think tank, published a report that predicted a Hobbesian world “marked by the breakdown of order, violent extremism [and] an era of perpetual war.” The new enemies were a “resurgent” Russia and an “increasingly aggressive” China. Only heroic America can save us.

There is a demented quality about this war mongering. It is as if the “American Century” -- proclaimed in 1941 by the American imperialist Henry Luce, owner of Time magazine -- has ended without notice and no one has had the courage to tell the emperor to take his guns and go home.

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+31 # DongiC 2016-12-06 18:33
As the 20ieth century was the century of America, so the twenty-first is the time of China. Their economy is first in the world, their population also number one. Their rail system is top notch. Their position in solar and wind propellors again at the top, They are building up their military and have several hundred nukes. Their navy is getting stronger and probably could hold their own against us if they stay close to home. Re jets and heavy tanks they are about even with us.

China would be a formidable opponent should war ever break out. So Trump's handling of that phone call from Taiwan was worse than stupid. He needlessly provoked a powerful nation that just happens to hold 1.16 trillion dollars of American bonds. One does not lighty oppose such an adversary. Incidentally, China is discussing putting its nuclear missiles on high alert so they can be launched with little delay.

What Russia would do if hostilities break out between US and China is anyone's guess. Russia has sizeable missile fleets armed with hydrogen bombs. They could end our civilization as we could theirs.. Best scenario is negotiations lest all Trump's pretty buildings go smash.

God! What a future is coming.
 
 
+10 # davehaze 2016-12-07 09:00
DongiC! What a future is here!
 
 
+6 # Radscal 2016-12-07 20:14
Obama's "Asian Pivot" including installing 400 military bases around China and moving several aircraft carrier groups into the China Sea was no big deal to the HRC supporters, but Trump taking a phone call is "worse than stupid" and a needless provocation.

It's not surprising that Trump - who has been using very provocative language about China for years - would signal to China that the US will continue to promote Taiwan.

But I'm encouraged that USian "liberals" are waking up to the reality of US Empire. It's a real shame that it took electing Trump to generate this backlash, but the backlash is welcome.
 
 
+2 # Vardoz 2016-12-07 23:22
I knew this was coming! These mother fuckers will finally succeed in destroying mankind as if we aren't already headed in that direction. This is sheer insanity. Our Military along with Trump and his are of retarded and murderous generals will end in disaster for all of us.
 
 
-40 # Caliban 2016-12-06 18:53
Frankly, I don't see evidence of coming US military aggression in this carelessly written, typically anti-American Pilger article.

Containment? For sure. But the suggestion that the US is planning a first strike against China seems like alarmist propaganda.
 
 
+6 # Anonymot 2016-12-07 09:23
Caliban, put your transparent glasses on. Only real ploucs think the Executive & Legislative branches run the government any more.

The disastrous failure of the long list of CIA counseled, post WW II wars are united by one reason.

Europeans, where I spend a lot of time, have these complex conspiracy theories about why America does what it does. I've always told them that's nonsense. America acts on the spur of the moment, because like typical corporate minds their mindset plans only up to 18 months out, max. They constantly are busy stomping out the fires of the results of their last short-term vision mistake. Conspiracies require long-term vision.

Under the new State Dept. & CIA direction in 2008 that changed. Finally, at long last there began to be long-term foreign policy planning. It's been crystal clear to those whose vision is not opaque: we must destroy the dangers of Iran, of that bare-breated evil, Putin, and eventually bring our eventual economic rival to kneel - China.

The dumb press has been awash with increasingly belligerent attacks on the BAD NEWS THREE since about 2010. Our DOD has been actively participating in real live actions. Obama just says yes-yes. Clinton brought Kisskiss and Sourpuss out of the closets to support her run to those obvious objectives.

And neither the CIA nor Clinton are yet dead in DC.

But you just haven't noticed. Do you require gunfire in a Comet Ping Pong to measure Mattis?
 
 
+6 # Radscal 2016-12-07 20:20
The plan for how to take down Russia and China was quite clearly laid out in Zbignew Brzezinski's 1996 book, "The Grand Chessboard." Everything from Afghanistan and Iraq to Ukraine and Iran were on the target list as preparation for the finale.

I would argue that the real global power has been in the hands of the supra-national financial interests since well before even the 1990s. And the dynasties behind those banking powers think and plan decades, and even centuries ahead.
 
 
+4 # Anonymot 2016-12-08 07:04
Brzezinski was part of the Deep State in his time. Read THE DEVIL'S CHESSBOARD by David Talbot for the details of how he got there (although he's not specifically named, in my recollection.)
 
 
+3 # Radscal 2016-12-08 20:02
Yes. That's a great book.
 
 
+6 # GoGreen! 2016-12-07 14:01
"But who is "The United States" when it comes to policy"? We can plainly see it is NOT THE PEOPLE OF THIS NATION. The threat of war between China and the USA is real. So too is the threat of war against Russia. The people of this nation MUST RISE UP IN REBELLION to stop these war plans. By what right do the 'leaders' of this nation to start World War III? The people in charge of the nation are not 'leaders'. Our Congress is completely out of touch or concerns for what we, the people, want. Don't sit this one out! You know the danger we are in with the big money boys wanting wars for ever to keep up their profits. The greedy 1% want war.

We, the 99% do not! And that is why we must rise up and demand that our elected officials truly REPRESENT us. Turn off that damn propaganda machine and get out and talk to people. It's time for us to say that we are mad as hell and we won't take this any more!
 
 
-2 # Caliban 2016-12-08 13:17
Nobody wins a nuclear war. Even The Donald can figure that one out.
 
 
+3 # Radscal 2016-12-08 15:22
Tell that to RAND Corporation.
 
 
+3 # librarian1984 2016-12-09 08:02
Did you read the article? Neocons think a nuclear war is 'manageable' and 'winnable'. (Just ask 'Ashley' (sic) Carter.)

America, and the world, need a major revival of the peace movement. We have to break this romance with militarism and war. NO ONE wins war except the arms suppliers and the banks who fund them.
 
 
+33 # librarian1984 2016-12-06 20:31
Henry Kissinger, just back from a business meeting in China where he met with President Xi, croaked his admiration for China's restraint and patience in dealing with Trump's call with the Taiwanese president, while Madeleine Albright had tough words for the president-elect.

wtf? Why do these two have anything to say? Do they have any official status? Why is a war criminal butting his nose into anything?

Not sticking up for DT but these two need to waaay stfu.
 
 
+21 # mashiguo 2016-12-06 20:34
No worries.
Just a couple of failed has-beens from the dung heap of history thrashing about in their own effluvia trying to remain relevant.

As for the rest?
America is perhaps too stupid to survive.
Ironically, it may be Trump's greed which saves us: he makes no profit in a post apocalyptic landscape.
 
 
+3 # Caliban 2016-12-07 02:22
"Ironically, it may be Trump's greed which saves us: he makes no profit in a post apocalyptic landscape": To be sure, Trump makes no profit from a war with China, and nor does anyone else in capitalist America.

In short, there is no motive, no rationale, for the US to attack the Republic of China, one of its most active peacetime trading partners.
 
 
+2 # StuBones1960 2016-12-07 13:27
Mashiugo, you're assuming he can think that far ahead.
 
 
0 # lfeuille 2016-12-07 17:18
Exactly what I was thinking.
 
 
-6 # Robbee 2016-12-07 11:19
Quoting librarian1984:
Henry Kissinger, just back from a business meeting in China where he met with President Xi, croaked his admiration for China's restraint and patience in dealing with Trump's call with the Taiwanese president, while Madeleine Albright had tough words for the president-elect.

wtf? Why do these two have anything to say? Do they have any official status? Why is a war criminal butting his nose into anything?

Not sticking up for DT but these two need to waaay stfu.

- what happens when lib's immutable peacenik - DT - meets his immutable greaterator/sel f - who knows "we must destroy the dangers of Iran, of that bare-breated evil, Putin, and eventually bring our eventual economic rival to kneel - China"

lib's worlds collide!

there is a chinese curse - "may you live in interesting times"

and all lib offers for advice? is - "these two (Kissinger and Albright) need to waaay stfu"?

lib! - we are at twitter war with china - how about telling your new buddy DT? - "amerika ain't afraid of no stinkin' ayatolla, or chinese president"?
 
 
0 # Radscal 2016-12-07 20:22
Quoting librarian1984:


wtf? Why do these two have anything to say? Do they have any official status? Why is a war criminal butting his nose into anything?

.


Good Cop/Bad Cop.
 
 
+13 # jdd 2016-12-06 22:55
Flash - Clinton defeated. Obama on way out. TPP rejected. Cameron, Obama, Hollande, and Renzi - all gone. There is a new paradigm is the world epitomized by the nearly 70 major new infrastructure projects China is involved in funding, and in building, in the nations of Eurasia, Africa, and South America — and potentially, in North America once Obama is out of the way.
 
 
+3 # Radscal 2016-12-07 20:30
I concur that many people and some countries are rising up against the Global Fascist World Order. I don't see Trump's (s)election as aligning with the goals of the world's 99%. Looking at his appointees indicates more of the same, not any draining of the swamp.
 
 
+1 # Anonymot 2016-12-08 07:06
I don't know. He may be draining the swamp by creating a swamp of his own.
 
 
+1 # Radscal 2016-12-08 15:25
Yes. It's quite possible that we're seeing the public aspects of a "palace revolution" going on behind the scenes.

Often, those who acknowledge the reality of a 0.01% elite working behind the scenes to drive policies see them as a monolith. But clearly there have always been factions within the ruling elite who fight for greater power/wealth.
 
 
+6 # kbro2 2016-12-06 23:03
AS NOTED IN THE ARTICLE, THE "ASIA PIVOT" WAS ANNOUNCED IN 2011. WHAT'S NEW IS WITH TRUMP'S ELECTION, THE SEEMING TURN AWAY FROM IMPERIAL POLICY TARGETING RUSSIA AS THE MAIN POWER TO BE ACTIVELY DEGRADED TO CHINA, BUT WITH TRUMP,ONE NEVER KNOWS TILL HE PLAYS HIS HAND. AND BTW, TENG HSIAO PENG'S VIEW WAS THAT THE QUESTION OF WAR WITH THE U.S WAS NOT AN IF BUT A WHEN.
 
 
+8 # jdd 2016-12-07 06:51
Xi has taken great steps to avoid war. The New Silk Road is oriented to the West, away from Neo-con provocations in the Pacific, while at the same time inviting Pacific Rim nations, including the United States to participate in the building process. Both Russia and China have proposed Bering Strait Bridge-Tunnel, which if integrated with a high speed USA network, would make New York to Paris by rail a reality..
 
 
+22 # DaveM 2016-12-06 23:07
"When I first went to Hiroshima in 1967, the shadow on the steps was still there. It was an almost perfect impression of a human being at ease: legs splayed, back bent, one hand by her side as she sat waiting for a bank to open. At a quarter past eight on the morning of 6 August, 1945, she and her silhouette were burned into the granite. I stared at the shadow for an hour or more, unforgettably. When I returned many years later, it was gone: taken away, “disappeared”, a political embarrassment."

The "shadow" in question is on display in a museum in Hiroshima. It was moved after exposure to the elements began to fade and blur it.

I learned this in a few minutes via search engine. The author performed research for two years and missed this? Or is this merely a sign that the piece is editorial, rather than journalistic?
 
 
+2 # JayaVII 2016-12-09 12:43
Agreed, the writer should have found this out, but hey, nobody's perfect. And it's not central to his thesis, which seems to me both sound and apposite. This piece is both editorial and journalistic -- it's an essay, not a news flash.
 
 
+8 # John S. Browne 2016-12-07 07:29
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These people are totally insane, and we mustn't forget that they're not only warmongering against China and Russia, they are also increasingly doing so against the American people and all of the people of the West, having turned our countries into "battlefields" because they expect the resistance of the people against this madness. Thus, they have literally not only declared war against Russia and China, they have also done so against the peoples' of the countries they more and more rule with an iron, merciless, militarized fist, creating an atmosphere in the U.S. and these other Western countries very much like that of Nazi Germany and its occupied countries.

We in the U.S. are no longer ruled by a constitutional republic, we are increasingly dominated and locked down by an increasingly totalitarian militarized corporate-fasci st state that knows less and less mercy, and more and more inflexible aggression, oppression and repression. And all those of the People who would stand up against this mass-insanity, are treated as "terrorists" and "unprivileged ('no rights') enemy belligerents".

Of course these completely insane psychopaths and sociopaths who run things are supposedly not aggressors, belligerents, combatants, privacy-violato rs, terrorists and traitors, even though they are becoming increasingly aggressive and repressive against all free peoples including, in particular, their own peoples, and even though that is exactly what they are.

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+7 # John S. Browne 2016-12-07 07:30
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We supposedly no longer have any right(s) to liberty and freedom, in their true sense anyway, and those who do not bow down without question are being targeted for takedown, being rounded up and being indefinitely detained for "espionage", "terrorism" and "treason". Thus, the days are numbered of we who are the exact opposite of enemies of the state, all nothing but non-violent friends of True Freedom and Liberty, and thus True Friends of the State.

To the true enemies of the state, the U.S. government and its Western-allied- governments, and the globalist puppetmasters who pull their strings behind the scenes, everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, is "expendable" except for themselves. They don't care how many of us they allegedly "have to" imprison and/or mass-murder, just as they have made absolutely clear, through mass-murdering millions of innocent civilians all across the world, and as they continue to do, that they don't care how many innocent people they torture, rape and mass-murder, all across the face of the planet.

We the People are in their primary crosshairs, and they're obviously just biding their time according to plan until they round up all those who are not "good little, completely-bowe d- down-unquestion ing slaves" of their evil, to send us to their literally hundreds of FEMA concentration camps hidden on military bases and elsewhere (former AMTRAK stations, prisons, rebuilt internment camps, etc.) all across the U.S., Canada and in Puerto Rico.

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+5 # John S. Browne 2016-12-07 08:11
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The U.K., Australia and New Zealand, the other three of the "Five-Eyes" allied Western countries with the U.S. and Canada, no doubt have their own secret internment camps all across their countries; for, none of these so-called "free countries" will tolerate any asserting by their populations, of autonomy, independence and sovereignty from the totalitarian belligerence of their increasingly militarized, repressive police states.

In other words, they are destroying all outward True Liberty and Freedom, criminalizing and over-criminaliz ing all assertions and exercises of same, and preparing to destroy and/or imprison all those who fulfill their duties to resist this "all-out-Orwell ian-and-totalit arian" oppression and repression, and subjugation and enslavement.

But, again, "living" under the foregoing is a "life" not worth living anyway; so, people, resist it will all of your non-violent might; because without True Freedom and Liberty, we are being given death through involuntary servitude anyway; thus, we have absolutely nothing to lose standing up for our birthright(s) to be free from all shackles and yokes of oppression and repression, and to be able to live nothing but free lives, with free will, freedom of choice, self-governance and self-determinat ion, as it is our immutable and inalienable right(s) to Truly Live.

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+1 # John S. Browne 2016-12-07 08:37
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Thus, "Powers-That-Be ", We the People will not live with anything less, so get it through your thick heads that WE ARE FREE!

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+1 # GoGreen! 2016-12-07 14:11
Ah, John. I fear that few people in this nation are able to say, "WE ARE FREE!" Somehow we must change this. Most seem to think that keeping their heads down is the only way to survive. The rebellion needs ALL OF US TO STAND UP, and that makes it our duty to try and get more people to get mad as hell and say, "We won't take this anymore!"
 
 
0 # John S. Browne 2016-12-07 15:29
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I'm talking about the fact that, regardless of the slavemasters thinking otherwise, deep down we are free and are not their slaves. At least, those of us who are set free by the truth, and like myself are no longer a part of mass-insanity "matrix"; such that, no matter what the powers-that-be (PTB) do to those who are free in their hearts and minds, the PTB cannot enslave them, and cannot take away their freedom, in and/or from the core of their being.

In response to the rest of your comment, of course I believe that all of us have the duty to stand up. I say so all the time here. Haven't you read my comments before, "rhetorically-q uestioning"? No, outwardly we aren't free, and keeping our heads down will do nothing to change that, but is cowardly capitulation that will, with the majority of "Amerikans" succumbing to it, only make things worse, and make us less and less outwardly-free.

No, you're right, WE DO need to wake people up to completely facing just how bad things really are, to entirely stop being apathetic and resigned to what's going on, falsely believing that we supposedly "can't do anything about it anyway", thus enabling the PTB to win just as they designed. No, we have got to rise up en masse and take this government and country back; or, if we don't, we are screwed, because we have screwed ourselves.

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-1 # John S. Browne 2016-12-07 15:31
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So, if you in any thought by what I said that I was supporting "keeping our heads down", you haven't been following my comments (very closely).

Do my comments sound like I'm keeping my head down? They certainly don't; and, because I so extensively tell it like it is, it makes me an increasing target of the PTB. Believe me, I'm on "the red list" for being taken down by them; but that's okay because I've taken the "red pill" and am free in my mind and heart, and they can't take that freedom away from me no matter what they do. All they can do is murder my body, but my inner liberty is untouchable. That is what I mean by saying that "WE ARE FREE".

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+5 # davehaze 2016-12-07 09:19
JSBI
I believe in American excepionalism with every fibre of my being.
--Barak Obama

We have been artfully taught -- and devided -- to believe that the nation's ills can be repaired by choosing one of two political parties while all our power to make decisions has been removed.
 
 
+4 # johnmortl 2016-12-07 09:52
War with China wouldn't boost the economy as the aftermath of WWII did because there wouldn't be the windfall of cutting edge industrial patents and copyrights to plunder.
 
 
+3 # nancyw 2016-12-07 11:53
The US brought over German brain power to aide the US build up after WWII. They would do the same don't you think with Russia and China? The insatiable US need to rape is immeasurable. We are filled with egomaniacs ruling our country with their male ego insecurity having to prove they are the biggest baddest because in truth they are the opposite. A group of 'boys will be boys' who were never taught right from wrong and who now must continue to prove they aren't what they really are. Weak, immature and insignificant.

Well, got that off my chest!
 
 
+2 # lfeuille 2016-12-07 17:29
Assuming we win. I sort of doubt that anyone is going to win. It will just go on indefinitely. There won't be any economic boost after the war because there won't be any "after the war".
 
 
0 # Radscal 2016-12-08 15:32
Naomi Klein, in her excellent book, "The Shock Doctrine' argues quite convincingly that the reason the US/Banks invested so heavily in rebuilding Western Europe was to prevent the people in those countries from developing genuinely socialist governments.

Once the Soviet Union collapsed, there was no longer a model of alternative economics and state-level support for socialist movements, so the US/Banks no longer felt they needed to promote the "welfare state" "social democracies" which Western Europe has had since the end of WW II.

And that's why "austerity" and the rise of right-wing politics has occurred.
 
 
+9 # David Starr 2016-12-07 10:18
War on China? Here go the imperialist drums pounding again. U.S. leaders, and their supporters, never learn. They're willing to risk potential nuclear war for the sake of their empire. Fucking, insane idiots.
 
 
0 # janie1893 2016-12-07 12:18
nancy--good on you. You nailed it.
 
 
+8 # altabrig 2016-12-07 13:33
"Under the liberal Obama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, nuclear warhead spending has risen higher than under any president since the end of the Cold War."

Albeit deadly and rotten, the world is farce.

What do you believe in and who do you trust when the master of drones is glorified as peacenik?

Excellent article.
 
 
+2 # dascher 2016-12-07 19:09
"The current Secretary of Defense, Ashley Carter, "

His name is Ashton Carter. Very sloppy.
 

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