Friday, July 15, 2005
However, if the Chinese want their world empire, their day in the sun running the planet, I say – let em have it. Gaffney may not know or care, but empires are expensive, and I'm really tired of paying for my share of America's. Empires rust and crumble, as all things made by the hands of men eventually do. Power and money are very finite. China's world empire will not last any longer than anyone else's.
Yes, the benevolent Chinese who would not hurt the fly. Let's let them govern world commerce for a hundred years or so. Let them police the world's waterways. Let them be the stiff spine holding Europe together against enemies abroad and within. There is one problem with this proposal, the Chinese apparently have no problem threatening nuclear war if the U.S. decides to protect Taiwan against Chinese invasion.
China is prepared to use nuclear weapons against the US if it is attacked by Washington during a confrontation over Taiwan, a Chinese general said on Thursday.
“If the Americans draw their missiles and position-guided ammunition on to the target zone on China's territory, I think we will have to respond with nuclear weapons,” said General Zhu Chenghu.
And one other thing, Chinese territory includes their planes and ships. IOW, they are willing to go nuclear first.
I am guessing that Charles Featherstone has not spent a lot of time in China. If he thinks keeping the American 'empire' is expensive he should think about how expensive a fascist China running rout over the pacific will be let alone a Japanese vs. Chinese war. Libertarians need to realize that national security stretchs beyond our borders. Afterall, those Chinese ICBM's do.