The recent events unfolding in the South China Sea remind me of a similar occurrence 64 years ago.
With China using its superior military forces to garrison several islands in the region, most of which were previously claimed by numerous other sovereign nations, the spectacle of war may soon be upon us.
There didn’t seem to be much of an issue with ownership of these tiny specks in the tropical waters of the South China Sea, until India and Vietnam signed an agreement regarding natural gas exploration.
Now Chinese bullying of Vietnam is one thing, but bringing India into the equation is not something one would have expected. So I believe that China moved quickly to secure these islands if an effort to control them before India could start the exploration process, after which time they would have had to evict them, thereby keeping a potential war on the sidelines.
China became the world’s largest energy consumer two years ago, passing the U.S. and they are ramping up fast. India is right behind us, and it won’t be too long before they pass us too, as we here in the U.S. are trying to be less dependent on foreign sources for our energy needs.
But Capitalistic intentions along with current market problems in the Middle East have forced China into trying to acquiring energy from new sources. Why pay for it when Chinese labor is so cheap? It’s much cheaper and reliable to find your own and pull it out of the ground. Hence the garrisoning.
All this puts me in mind of the French Indochina war.
After WW2, the Imperialistic French government reoccupied Indochina, which they had occupied before the war. Now the French were just like any other imperialist country, Britain, the U.S. and Spain to name a few, and were taking resources from these countries, and either using them, or French Capitalist businessmen were buying and selling these goods for profit, rice being the number one item.
Almost immediately upon their re-arrival in September, 1945, the French were met with resistance from the Vietnamese. The actual fighting began on December 19, 1946 and ended with French withdrawal on August 1, 1954.
And that is when the Americans took over. However, American interests were different. The French didn’t have too many problems with the Vietnamese until the Chinese entered the equation following the Communist Revolution of 1948.
And that was the U.S. thinking, keeping Vietnam, and its’ valuable rice crop, out or the hands of the Communist bloc. Remember, it was the cold war, and the bitter taste in President Eisenhower’s mouth from Russia beating us to Berlin was still evident.
Starving the Communist bloc into submission was a very promising tactic in the Cold War arsenal of weapons. The rest is history. We as a country were drawn into a war fought over rice, the Cold War, and U.S. world dominance over Communism, and we lost. And even our own people were disgusted; witness the shabby, vulgar treatment and vilification of our returning veterans from the war.
There are three lessons to be learned here, and they are subtle.
Sometimes Capitalism can make you want to vomit, 95% percent of all fights are won with the first punch, so move swiftly, and be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.
Freedom ain’t free, so if you enjoy living in America, thank a veteran. Many, many men have died on foreign soil so that all of you Capitalists could live the American Dream, and all the regular citizens of this country could live a comfortable life, free from TYRANNY AND OPPRESSION.
My Uncle Victor died during the D-Day invasion of Europe in WW2, and we lost my cousin Robert in the Vietnam War. Both gave their lives willingly for the country and the people they loved.
All gave some, some gave all.
God Bless America.