Franklin D. Roosevelt was our President back when our entry into World War 2 began with the Jap attack on our naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and the First Lady’s name was Eleanor. FDR had made a statement back in 1936 about the horrors of war, ending with “I hate war and Eleanor hates war”, and right away some comedian added “And I hate Eleanor” to that, which everyone in the country got a big laugh out of. In fact it was making a joke out of it that caused his statement to become famous, and it was sure remembered when we did get into the war in 1941.
So I wonder what jokes are going to spring up about China, as that nation prepares to go to war with the rest of the world. They are, you know.
China appears to have completed construction on its artificial islands of more than twenty buildings designed to hold long-range surface-to-air missiles and “announced that it will revise its 1984 Maritime Safety Law, with the purpose of barring selected foreign ships from passing through the South China Sea, which China claims. It’s believed that the changes are intended to target the United States. Foreign ships that enter without approval will be fined 300,000-500,000 yuan ($43,706-72,844) and those violating Chinese laws will be expelled, presumably by means of military force.”
China’s actions militarily threaten Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia as well as blocking their fishing access and their trade routes. So these nations are responding with military buildups. Vietnam has just purchased a fleet of conventional submarines from Russian capable of laying mines and firing both missiles and torpedoes, and are acquiring surface to air missiles from India. India, Vietnam, Philippines, Japan, and Russia have formed an alliance to prevent China from blocking this trade route through which $5 Trillion in goods passes each year.
As Breitbart reports, “The populations of China and all of these countries today are in a highly emotional, nationalistic state, and this military buildup on all sides cannot end up in any way but a major war.”
This is exactly right. Annexing the territory of defenseless neighbors is what the Nazi’s did prior to the outbreak of the last great war, and it’s no laughing matter. There will come an open conflict, an attack either by the Chinese or on them by someone they threaten, it’s inevitable, because China threatens the existence of it’s neighbors and when pushed to the wall, at least one will fight back. That includes India, which may prove far more formidable than the Chinese might think.