Skip to comments.We’re In A New Cold War, This Time With China
Posted on 04/30/2020 5:53:20 AM PDT by Kaslin
In our exultation, we forgot to finish the job. Communism lived on in mainland China, and is once again challenging the free world for dominance.
When the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union dissolved, the Western world thought, with considerable justification, that the generational struggle with communism had ended. But in our exultation, we forgot to finish the job. Communism lived on in mainland China and is once again challenging the free world for dominance.
This time, theyre doing it with our money. As we have begun to realize these past few years, and as the coronavirus outbreak has made even clearer, China has used our free markets and open-mindedness against us, running an economy based on the bizarre fusion of communism and mercantilism while cracking down ever more on its peoples natural rights and freedoms. It is time for the free world to rejoin the fight.
Historically, the United States has been generous in victory. As the Civil War drew to a close, President Abraham Lincoln resisted calls for vengeance against the conquered South, famously saying after the fall of Richmond that he would prefer to let em up easy.
After the First World War, President Woodrow Wilson declined the territorial concessions Americas allies were demanding, focusing instead on an ultimately misguided plan for permanent peace. Likewise, after the Second World War, presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman did not look to conquer territory, as Joseph Stalins Soviet Union did, but to rebuild the shattered lands of Europe and Japan, making former fascist enemies into democratic friends.
That spirit of magnanimity was likely in President George H.W. Bushs heart at the end of the Cold War. As the Iron Curtain in Europe fell and the Soviet Union collapsed, Bush was right to reach out to our former adversaries to help with their transitions to liberal democracy and a market economy. His error, though, was in extending that same hand to Communist China, a nation that had not thrown off the shackles of socialism and had only recently suppressed the first glimmers of democratic sentiment in the Tiananmen Square of 1989.
Mercy in victory is good, but it does no good to let em up easy when you havent knocked em down yet. Bush struck the perfect tone with the Soviet Unions premier, Mikhail Gorbachev, rewarding political concessions by the communists with economic concessions on our side. The result was a gradual and mostly peaceful winding down of what Ronald Reagan had rightly called an evil empire.
But if Bush struck the right note in Europe, he was well off-key in Asia. Colin Dueck explained the problem in Hard Line: the Republican Party and U.S. Foreign Policy Since World War II. For Bush, the strategic relationship with China…was vital to the United States. So were Sino-American economic ties. Bush was loath to in any way encourage massive social or political upheaval within China. He believed that continued U.S. economic and political engagement with China would best serve the cause of reform in that country.
At the time, there was some reason to believe that might work, but it required a very optimistic view of human nature. With the Soviet Union, Bush demanded greater self-determination of the peoples that country dominated. When that was granted, he promised economic aid.
China was less in need of aid, which removed the carrot from the equation, but Bush removed the stick as well. His condemnation of the Tiananmen Square massacre was muted. While China agreed to free some political dissidents so Congress would reauthorize most-favored nation trading status, these concessions to a few individuals let them avoid loosening control of their people as a whole.
Communism was in retreat, and China was isolated. Bushs conservative temperament was what the relationship with the Soviet Union called for, but our relationship with China still needed Reagans bold vision. Instead, we accommodated the rising red power in the East.
We hoped a soft touch would turn China down the same path as the newly free nations of central Europe. Instead, access to western capital only fueled Chinas industrial machine.
The increased wealth to which their citizens now had access did not, in any meaningful sense, lead to more freedom, as it had elsewhere. Communist China combined the economic policies of the 19th-century British Empire with the political rights of the Soviet Union. Instead of a liberal democracy, we got red mercantilism.
Americas broad-mindedness and openness to trade has been good when dealing with nations like us. With other industrialized democracies, like Japan, more tradeincluding fewer restrictions on their endwould be an improvement. But with Red China, the coronavirus pandemic has shown the folly of our live-and-let-live approach to trade there. It also highlights how we no longer demand even the minor improvements to human rights that we used to insist on as a matter of course.
Instead, Red China has been the one demanding concessions from the rest of the worldand getting them. American companies will criticize their own nation, but any dissent against China is quickly squashed, as we saw in the NBA kerfuffle last year. They are not rolling tanks in the streets any more, but only because they dont have to: their wealthour wealth!does the job for them. As Lenin prophesied 100 years ago, we capitalists have sold the communists the rope with which they seek to hang us.
The coming confrontation with China resembles our Cold War with the Soviet Union because it is the continuation of that struggle, one that was ended before it was over. We declared peace, but Red China kept on fighting.
The consequences of 30 years of surrender are now apparent. Whether we wish it or not, the new Cold War is upon us. The struggle must be joined. The rights, the freedoms, and the jobs of the West are at stake, and our leaders must no longer fail to fight for them. This time, we should not give up until we have won.
It started 30 years ago.....
At this point there should be zero education and work visa given to Red Chinese nationals. All current visas should be revoked and they have 90 days to leave the USA or be considered spies..
Cold War hell. The CCP just attcked us with a crippling bio weapon. They will kill more Americans with this than were lost in Korea or Vietnam.
Indonesia, with a population of 270 million - more than 2/3 the population of the US, has barely been touched.
That's because they weren't part of the Xi/Democrat plan.
The entire free world will be in a cold war with China!!!! Every country is going to shun China!!! China should be worried. They are headed for a depression as the world moves manufacturing BACK HOME.
It’s China’s lackeys right here in the USA that need be first dealt with
The Democrat Party is working with Xi.
CCP asset "Red Ted" Lieu works ceaselessly to undermine the country.
Should use our own rope to hang those who sold us out.
My late father years ago warned me about China.
With Covid-19 and the impeachment which you can bet they sponsored it has turned hot!!
You bet! They must be annihilated!
China and the ChiComs are NOW a pariah to the whole world.
“Who Lost China?”
I am not there yet but I am dang close to agreeing with you.
A better queetion is who made China what it is today? Globullist and Free Traitors that’s who.
You continue to show your ass
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