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An Event of the Highest International Urgency

January 19, 2007

The recent destruction of a Chinese weather satellite should be a cause of serious concern to those of us in the West. It has the potential to destabilise the balance of power that exists between the East and the West. Hours following the event, America’s media had already decided that it was China that had destroyed its own satellite. The BBC continues to maintain and stress that it is unconfirmed that China is responsible as they have made no comment. CNN has reported that the missile appears to have been “launched from or near the Xichang Space Center.”

Not only did this action cause the governments of the US, UK and other NATO members to launch full scale diplomatic protests, CNN reported that “this is viewed as an action taken by China to directly affect the United States”. President Kennedy said something very similar to the citizens in a broadcasted address to the American people during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October of 1962, as follows:

“…It shall be the policy of this Nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in the Western Hemisphere as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response upon the Soviet Union.” – President John F. Kennedy

The political climate that is developing between the governments of the United States and China at the moment has similarities to the one that existed during the cold war of the 1960s. The unexpected development of surface to space weapons by the Chinese government that could destroy the US and other countries’ surveillance and GPS satellites is an obvious escalation in what has so far been a very quiet cold war between the United States and China. The role of Russia, then the USSR, in the sixties has been assumed by China. A significant mitigating factor that was not present in the 60s is the strong economic relationship now tying western countries to China.

We all remember the Strategic Defense Initiative or Star Wars project championed by Ronald Reagan in the 1980s which called for weapons to be placed in orbit. These weapons would have been capable of destroying nuclear missiles launched from Russia directed at the United States. It was said at the time that once this technology was developed it should be shared with the USSR. In a 1985 issue of Peace Magazine, Andrew Pakula proposed that “Possibly the Soviets, faced with the reality or the perception of being at a disadvantage, of losing the deterrent power of their arsenals, might feel compelled to take the dangerous course of destroying the ‘Star Wars’ equipment.

Continuing to compare the cold war of the sixties with that of today, has China taken on the role of the former Soviet Union? It appears that China has destroyed its own satellite. This action was not an experiment “just to see if they could do it” but an announcement to the rest of the world that they have the power to disable some of the most important tools in modern warfare, specifically our strategic orbiting satellite systems. Apparently, the West has been caught off guard by this event.

The question has to be posed: If China did not launch this missile then who did and if it was some other country why have seen no reaction from China?

In the film, “The Sum of All Fears”, a secret organization detonates a nuclear device in the American city of Baltimore. The United States, believes that the Russian government is responsible for the attack. After intense negotiations fail, the United States and Russia attack each other but refrain from using nuclear weapons. Subsequently, we learn that the secret organization wanted to get the US and Russia to fight each other rather than for it to engage them individually.

How close to reality could this film be? Could it be possible that someone might really try to instigate a conflict between such powerful nations as the US and China. There is, of course, no evidence to suggest any validity to these speculations. There is, however, cause for concern that the United States and its allies measure their response accurately and appropriately. The last thing that we need is another war or skirmish especially with a military might of the size and power of that of China.

Those involved need to take a deep breath and figure out who, if not China, might have fired that missile.  In the words of Dean Acheson, a close advisor to President Kennedy, “Let us hope that cooler heads prevail before we reach the next step…  In the future, will our children be able to look back on the decisions of our leaders today and believe that they showed wisdom, prudence and discretion?



Hands Off The Weed Killer, Bush Might Be Blooming

July 16, 2006

“I regret…uhh…”

I am not the most patriotic of folk. I love my country, for what it should be, not for what it stands as right now. I have had absolutely no faith in this President. He has always seemed far too trigger-happy and nonchalant to me, never actually instilled any glimmer of trust or humanity in anyone.

The above video, where President Bush confesses his regret for saying “Bring It On” really shows another side to the President that I have not seen before. For once, he opened his mouth, and something useful came out, and he endeared himself to me on a more human level than I thought was possible (For Him). Because the President has his speeches written for him, and he usually stutters and pauses, and really is not a very good public speaker at all, I usually regard his speeches with the same importance I regard a commercial for toilet roll. We of course need the toilet paper but we don’t need all the “shit” that goes with it. In this case what he said came from him, from the horses mouth, to coin a phrase.

I am amazed and pleased to say for the first time in his administration; George W. Bush made me proud of what he said. It takes a bully to say “Bring it On.” In his own words, they “That’s fighting talk” but it takes an even bigger man to stand up and say he was wrong, and regrets what he has said. But as the song goes, You Can’t Put a Bullet Back Into a Gun, maybe there should be a verse added about telling countries you’re prepared to fight them, and then wishing you didn’t say it later.

When you watch President Bush saying that he regrets saying “Bring It On” you will understand why he said the right thing, this time. This of course does not bring all the lives back that we have lost in this “so called war” that supposedly ended years ago which I will not beat a dead horse about. We all have our views, mine is that we have no business in Iraq and we never did. The only reason this administration is keeping our troops there is because they do not want to loose something that in my opinion has been lost for a while now. Their credibility.

I am glad Mr. Bush has learned some lessons about expressing himself in a more sophisticated manner. And he is smart to realize his words can be misinterpreted, but how can you misinterpret “Bring it On” or “Wanted Dead of Alive.” If this situation helps him to figure out that you shouldn’t talk like that in the big man’s world, I truly hope that the rest of the world can learn this lesson without a similar death toll. I read that the decision to enter Iraq without the Security Council will probably be remembered as one of the biggest mistakes post World War II. I am not sure what will be remembered if they continue they way they are going, or who will be around to remember it. All he is saying is he is sorry, and that is a start.

This article was Dugg this morning, thank you to the digger, it is most apreciated. See the article HERE.