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Respectfully disagreeing, Wchao
As you know I have tremendous respect and admiration for you, but on this point, dear friend, I shall have to disagree. Not with everything you said above; on some things I agree ,and some of your other points are food for thought and future digestion, but with a few of the more important points, I must confess I fail to see the logic.|
First, as I hope you already know, this particular American is hoping and praying for the safe return of these Chinese engineers.
I believe most Americans and other Westerners are unaware of the kidnapping of these Chinese men. As Ubersuave pointed out, it isn't exactly topping the news in the West. In fact, a casual glance through the headline news on MSN showed nothing about this kidnapping. I believe I can assure you that if they were aware, the overwhelming majority of Americans would likewise be hoping for the safe return of these captives. I hope you really don't believe that we're such a terrible people that we would wish the killing of two innocent men.
Yes, America did provide support (arms and training) to Osama bin Ladin and Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion of that country a couple decades ago. I seem to recall that in those days China was just as nervous about the Soviet encroachment and perhaps also provided some support to the anti-Soviet forces in Afghanistan in the form of arms and finances. But my memory is a bit cloudy -- maybe that didn't happen.
In 1988 Osama bin Ladin formed Al Qaeda in the border area of Afghanistan and Peshawar Pakistan -- a terrorist group whose goal was (and is) to overthrow "corrupt and heretic" governments in predominantly Muslim countries and establish ultra-fundamentalist regimes under the "rule of the Caliph" -- basically something similar to the Taliban rule.
And all of us have seen how Al-Qaida and their cronies (Al Jihad in Egypt, Hezbollah in Iran, the National Islamic Front in Sudan, Ayman al-Zarqawi's group in Iraq, etc.) have, in their terrorist operations, primarily targeted the U.S. and Muslim governments friendly to the U.S.
Now I just don't see that it is logical that America would mastermind the kidnapping of these Chinese men for any of the reasons you mentioned above. Let's take them one by one:
1) Dividing the Islamic people and Chinese. How would that benefit America?
2) Momentum for Islamic insurgency in X*nj*ang. Once again, how does America benefit? America and China have already aligned themselves more than two years ago in the struggle against these insurgents.
3) Stopping China from engaging in profitable commercial activities. Well, that might be the most probable; however, I don't think China was profiting from development projects in Afghanistan (where the Chinese workers were killed). Nor were they in competition with American companies in those endeavors (that I know of ).
4) Making a bad situation in Iraq more palatable in the homeland. Now while I'm sure Pres. Bush would go to great lengths to make the Iraq situation more palatable, I don't think this particular means would achieve the end. To begin with, the American media seems to be almost completely silent on the kidnapping. Furthermore, the idea that Americans would suddenly rally around Bush because the peace-loving Chinese are now getting attacked by the terrorists just wouldn't work in America. Take it from an American -- it would be far more effective if the dastardly terrorists did something to, say, Americans on American soil if Bush wanted to rally the home team.