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The Pentagon is like any enterprise that must create demand for its products to justify its existence. USA likes to sustain frictions around the world, so it can continue the military industrial complex. Historical and contemporary examples include Israel-Palestine, India-Pakistan, Iran-Iraq, North Vietnam-South Vietnam, North Korea-South Korea, etc. It’s no surprise that the Pentagon wants to sustain the friction between China-Taiwan for as long as possible. These activities do not help strengthen USA’s international standing, but work to reinforce perceptions that it wants to advance world hegemony alas PNAC, regardless of the consequences. |
In the dying days of the Roman Empire, the government had so much difficulty finding enough Romans to participate in their version of world hegemony (perhaps because there were many Romans who felt this was not right) that it outsourced occupation to others, mainly mercenaries, much like what USA is doing right now with Blackwater, Halliburton, KBR, etc. As this became more and more costly, the Roman Empire eventually collapsed from within, and the Greeks purchased pieces of the Roman Empire to the end. The Roman Empire grew complacent, arrogant and felt omnipotent, much like how USA feels now. Will USA learn from these failed Empires, or be condemned to repeat it? There are too many similarities to ignore, so for USA’s sake, constructive engagement around the world, instead of inflaming frictions around the world, is not only prudent, but also self-serving for its very future.
[ Last edited by raymondusa at 2007-5-27 07:26 PM ]