…The better metaphor for those working on Australia’s foreign policy are the
frontier boundary riders, erecting fences and warding off any unwanted
… In their view, there’s no
point in a prime minister banging on about defending the international
“rules-based order” anymore — China’s not playing by those rules and Trump is rewriting them on the fly, as he sees fit, on any given day.
History tells us that when a rising power meets a waning power, it leads to war.
The Ancient Greek historian Thucydides warned us of this 2,000 years ago, writing about the Peloponnesian War when a rising Athens struck fear into Sparta.
Historian Graham Allison says this power shift has played out 16 times over the past 500 years — and on 12 occasions, it has ended in war. Yet, time again we fail to heed history’s lesson.
In 1914, the shifting balance of power between rising Germany and Britain sparked World War I.
The world thought it couldn’t happen. Germany and Britain were each other’s
single biggest trading partners; the royal families were blood
relatives — yet it did.
China is building a military to fight that war… It
now officially spends around $180 billion a year on its military, but analysts believe the real figure is much higher…
The US is still much more
powerful than China and spends more than $700 billion a year on defence.
But it’s also much more stretched,…
…The history of the French penetration of Indochina is fairly complex, but the ingredients were typical of French imperialism, including fear of British colonial rivalry, the desire to tap the reputedly rich markets of China’s Hunan province via Tonkin, pressure by the French Catholic Church to protect their missionaries and, above all, the presence of a handful of French officers ambitious to advance their country’s future there and not content to wait upon events. In the 1840s, the French had begun to cast about for a base in the Far East to offset that of the British at Hong Kong. Their chance came with the outbreak of the Second Opium War in 1857, during which a combined Anglo–French force occupied Canton and in 1860 Peking. As the Catholic Church was one of the pillars of Napoleon Ill’s Second Empire, the French seized the opportunity offered by the concentration of military force in the Far East to chastise the Annamese—the contemporary term for Vietnamese—for their persecution of Catholic missionaries. They bombarded Da Nang in 1858 and seized Saigon in 1859, which the Annamese signed over to them in 1862. In 1867 the French took the rest of Cochinchina, the southernmost province of Annam, and declared it a French colony.
Sun, 06/21/2020 – 19:00Among the new revelations and interesting tidbits found in John Bolton’s now leaked pre-published edition of “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” is that President Trump was said to be prepared to endorse an Israeli preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear sites.
In a section which describes the “elusive search” for an Arab-Israeli peace deal, Bolton writes that Trump told him at a moment of increased Israeli concerns over Iran’s nuclear development:
Though the significant revelation has barely made a dent in US media, it generated multiple headlines in Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has long held out the ‘option’ of a preemptive attack on Iranian nuclear facilities.
But Israel’s political and defense establishment would likely never sign onto such a huge and aggressive military ‘first strike’ action without first securing Washington’s backing. Bolton’s book essentially says Tel Aviv has it under Trump. The former national security adviser even boasted he pushed a ‘military solution’ on Iran.
General Swing made General Pierson commander of the 187th and 188th joint group which became known as the Miyagi Task Force. They set up their headquarters in an insurance company building in Sendai. The principle responsibility of the Miyagi Task Force was to collect and destroy all arms, munitions and armament factories. They were also charged with seeing that General MacArthur’s edicts were all carried out. Many of the military installations had underground tunnels filled with drill presses and machine tools of all types. The entire zone needed to be demilitarized and equipment destroyed. Colonel Tipton discovered a submarine base for the two-man subs and a small group of men still guarding them. They told the colonel that they just wanted to go home.
Comment by tonytran2015: This video is quite a disturbing documentation/revelation of hidden history. The scheme revealed in it has fortunately failed but if that had succeeded it would be the worst tragedy for the 20th century. Please watch it to avoid being condemned to enter another repeat of the same kind of planned tragedy.
“USS Liberty: Dead In The Water” (BBC Documentary 2002) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kjOH1XMAwZA
“With the world distracted by the pandemic’s devastating toll, China has taken a series of aggressive steps in recent weeks to flex its economic, diplomatic and military muscle across the region.
Si vis pacem, para bellum—if you want peace, prepare for war. In the midst of a new cold war, these ancient words ring as true as ever. Despite the fall of the Soviet Union and the subsequent embrace of democracy throughout many parts of the world, totalitarianism persists to this day, and is stronger than ever. With the adoption of the World Wide Web and the ongoing development of artificial intelligence, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) wields a greater power to manipulate, surveil, and enslave its citizens than any nation in history.
… Part of China’s grand strategy has been to form a continental bloc of
authoritarian states who together can build an isolated world order free
from Western rule of law. There are many such states, like Iran, Russia, Cambodia, Venezuela, North Korea, and Syria. However, the bloc
is not merely an association, but a malignant tumor:
…“interferes in the political systems of developing countries …, tipping the scales towards China-friendly politicians and
policies” … bribing
officials in those countries for special privileges and favors … the Silk Road… ‘One Belt One Road’…
Melnyk said it was difficult to predict what the final decision of the German parliament will be, given the incredible sensitivity of the subject of historical responsibility. For example, Poland, which has also been badly affected by Nazi Germany, has been seeking the construction of a monument to Polish victims of Nazism in Berlin for quite a long time, and the issue has not yet been resolved. However, Melnyk said, the number of Bundestag deputies who support the idea is constantly growing, which gives hope that Ukraine’s initiative will soon find understanding.
The ambassador stressed that Ukraine “has no intention to compete with other nations affected by the brown plague,” as this would be the height of cynicism. However, ordinary Germans, not just historians, should know that it was on the territory of Ukraine that Nazis committed unprecedented crimes against civilians, that five out of eight million Ukrainians killed were civilians, and that at least 2.4 million Ukrainians were forcibly deported to Germany.
Hennecke and his colleagues were indoctrinated to achieve victory at whatever cost. On the Eastern Front, Hennecke remembered his battalion’s motto, Wir nehmen Tod, Wir teilen Tod Aus (We accept death, we hand out death). Nearby in Russia, he reminisced, was a unit (III Battalion of the 2nd SS Panzergrenadier Regiment) which acquired the nickname of der Lötlampe Abteilung (Blowtorch Battalion) because of the speed with which they burned through Soviet formations and torched villages. Such concepts the Waffen-SS brought to the Western Front and would employ against their American foes in the Ardennes: they knew no other way.
Hennecke could still recite his SS serial number (363530), and proudly recounted that by 1944 he had become a seasoned veteran of the Russian Front, won the Iron Cross, gained a commission and was commanding a tank platoon in the 1st SS Panzer Regiment. He proved very adaptable and served as a platoon leader (Zugführer) of tank, anti-aircraft and combat reconnaissance units, which was his role when an Untersturmführer in an SS Kampfgruppe during the Battle of the Bulge, aged twenty-four.
Hans Hennecke’s story was typical of many ‘true believers’ in the formations which comprised Josef ‘Sepp’ Dietrich’s Sixth Panzer Army. The potential presence of Dietrich, as we have seen, greatly worried Allied intelligence because of the unique reputation he had accrued to this date, for he was no ordinary military commander but one of the original Nazis.