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Ratfink Post time: 2015-4-11 19:25
Corruption and the fight against it is a never ending battle. It is impossible to fully eliminate co ...
Corruption, like decay, is the enemy of life, growth, and health. The key characteristic of corruption is that it involves a part of the self becoming a part of the enemy to the self. Like the rot that comes from the fungi on the bark, entering the core of the tree, killing it eventually if untreated. How many a mighty tree has fallen in the forest due to rot and decay, after having lived in health for decades, if not centuries? The breakdown in the defenses of the tree might have come from a tunnel made by a beetle or worm, or the horrendous breaking off of a large branch after a mighty storm, or from the slow invasion of a virulent fungus that relentlessly digest into its core. Regardless of how corruption occurs, it must be treated and eradicated, in order to save the tree, and to enable it to grow even bigger and taller. Sometimes, the forest ranger may need to saw off a branch that is beyond retrieval. At other times, he might have to spray a potent fungicide, or pesticide, to stop the attack, and hope the tree could heal itself.
Every country is like a tree. Older trees may have seen them all, but they are still susceptible to the ailments that the saplings have not yet faced, and may not overcome. China is very fortunate to have a forest ranger who knows the trees well, and how to keep them healthy. China's weakness as evidenced in the First Sino-Japanese War was not lack in numbers of the most technologically advanced ships and weapons, but was, rather, the deep corruption that had broken down its logistics, made evident only in the heat of the battle, when cannon shells do not explode because they were filled with cement instead of gunpowder, or worse yet, when cannon shells were missing when looked for. Corruption was so rampant that the defense of Lushun collapsed because the defending land forces of Li Hong Zhang were missing in action, allowing the Japanese forces to enter Lushun from behind, leading to the massacre of every man, woman and child, so that the story of the betrayal of Lushun would never be told (except it was eventually told, by the victors, and foreign observers of the military action). China's biggest and baddest problem is corruption. It is the rot in the bow that fails the arrow. It is the rot in the shaft that breaks the spear. It is the rot in the axle that loses the wheel. And it was the poison that paralyzed China until it was all but ready to be cut up and divided between the foreign powers that took over every major port and city of this great country.
The Chinese people do take corruption seriously, and they know Xi is here to eradicate the rot for them. You don't need foreign media criticizing corruption, in order to incite discontent with the government, and unrest in the streets. You need a strong Chinese leader who can actually arrest and incarcerate any and all corrupt officials, until there are none left to weaken the country and let its enemies through the gates, as what happened once at Shanhaiguan. Talk is cheap, action is what matters. And Xi is all action, with little talk. He does not spend his days denouncing this or that felllow for being corrupt while standing by, watching the corruption continue unabated. He arrests them, period. This is the kind of action that makes a difference. This was the way Lee Kuan Yew behaved. He let his action speak for himself. Better done than said, especially after years of hearing it said, but never done.
The fight against corruption is a function of every living organism. Our white cells never rest in finding germs and destroying them. There is never a moment of victory to celebrate, only a healthy body to show for all the work they did. After China gets corruption under maximum control, it will become unbeatable in anything it chooses to do. Absence of corruption leads to presence of health, peace, and prosperity. Let a hundred flowers, nay, a thousand flowers, bloom!