Don’t fall for the hype generated by the fake news syndicates.
Readership: Current residents of North America, i.e. the United States of America; Westerners; Those from China or Taiwan;
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Since I received the message from my mother in the U.S., a few readers have emailed me with a similar message — that the news in the U.S. is reporting aggression between China and Taiwan.
One reader wrote,
“It’s being hyped up as a potential war over here, and the media is talking about how Japan is preparing for war too.
I find it to be BS. Japan doesn’t want a war, and they would be dragged into it — most of our air assets in the region are based in Japanese territory.
It also makes no sense: America has done nothing to punish China or to bring manufacturing back to U.S. shores. We are still beholden to them for everything. They have us by the balls, and we don’t have the capability of projecting force.
As per timing, it would have made sense for China to take action this summer, when many of our transport aircraft were busy evacuating Afghanistan.
The wild card is that the US makes poor decisions when it comes to foreign policy and I can see democrats trying to create some false sense of unity.”
Yes, spinning up the cold war between China and Taiwan into a real potential for a hot war with the United States is fake news. It makes no sense, just like invading Iraq in 2003 made no sense.
RedPillApostle brought our attention to an article on Townhall, Are China’s Threats to Taiwan a Bluff? (2021-10-08). The author, Pat Buchanan, brings out the point that a war between China and the U.S. would make no sense from anyone’s perspective. Yet, the Chinese are counting on this being to their advantage, as then any conflict would surely be seen as an unwarranted aggression by the U.S. (from an Asian viewpoint).
One thing I don’t like about Buchanan’s analysis is the way he is staking the moral reputation of the U.S. on whether Washington responds to the situation in Taiwan with military action. In this respect, he is a sortie for the warmongering PTB. This stance is obvious in this statement.
“We will fight for Japan’s right to hold the Senkakus and Manila’s right to retrieve Mischief Reef, but not to ensure the rights of the 30 million people of Hong Kong and Taiwan.”
I am afraid that American viewers will latch onto this sentiment and get the idea that the U.S. has to go to war with China to “defend democracy” or some such justification to defend Taiwan. We’ve all heard similar justifications for war in the past, with Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan… and now Taiwan? Heh… When will the ‘Muricans wake up? Your sons are on the line (and now daughters too!).
Furthermore, if the U.S. went to war with China over the issue of “freedom and democracy”, they would surely suffer massive losses, as many strategic estimates have suggested. Worse, it would enflame China’s determination to solidify various disputed territorial claims, leading to more bloodshed.
Again, there is no such news like this here in Taiwan. A warning to expats has not even been issued from the U.S. State Department, and they will send a message to American expats in Taiwan if so much as a strong wind blows westward (literally).
“The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Chanthu is currently in the western Pacific Ocean east of Taiwan. This severe typhoon has been building in intensity and moving rapidly toward Taiwan.”An excerpt from an email sent from the U.S. State Department to American expats in Taiwan. (2021-09-10)
This was the last message sent from them — a month ago. They’ll also send warnings for local drills and defense exercises. But there’s been nothing about a threat from China.
“And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.”Matthew 24:6 (NASB)
Update: Adam Piggott has written a response in his post, Taiwan and Data Point Analysis (2021-10-09).
- Σ Frame: The elephant in the room is the canary in the coalmine (2020-11-02)
- Aljazeera: Is China really about to invade Taiwan? (2021-04-14)
- Taipei Times: Military tensions worst in 40 years: Chiu (2021-10-07)