Doc wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 10, 2020 4:29 pm
While the US has a large number of very intelligent, very knowledgeable, very decent people, the fact is that they are but a small minority of the 350 million people living in the US. The vast majority is truly underdeveloped and poorly educated, prone to be violent both at home and abroad, and that's why one should not accept the US as an ally. If there are threats in the world then the answer is for the countries at risk to build regional alliances capable of handling those threats without having to rely on the US. And leave the US alone until a majority of their people are capable of having civilized intercourse with the rest of us.
Yes, I agree that the US has enbarked on some reprehensibly brutal adventures against some foreign countries but has NEVER even once done so against MY country - and that is what counts. The contrary, our alliance relationship with the USA has so far paid for itself.
When contemplating the balance of power in the Asia-pacific region where my country is (for better or worse) domiciled I find that I need to ignore the (pie-in-the-sky
) ideal in order to concentrate on the workable and practical. The conclusion I underingly reach is that only the United States can balance the growing power of the PRC.
At present the PRC is testing my country by probing for weaknesses (not an unusual ploy in PRC foreign policy). While still buying our iron ore and other raw materials important for the viability of their own industries in unprecedented volumes; the PRC government is imposing selective sanctions on politically sensitive sectors of our Australian economy including higher education and mass tourism. You can see that their game plan is to build up a coalition of disaffected sectional interests within Australia to put pressure on our government to give Beijing what it wants.
What does Beijing want? Well, to drop our push for an impartial investigation of the origins and spread of Coronavirus within and beyond China. Followed (later on no doubt) by our dropping our objection to Huawei participating in our 5G network rollout and also our opposition of their attempt to annex the waters of the South China Sea.
If our government were to buckle to the (underhand) pressure being exerted by the PRC government they would then know how to get at us and would come back again and again to demand and get more out of us - to the point where we would become nought but a Chinese vassal.
Would you enjoy (figuratively speaking) The Chinese coming along and pissing
all over your country, Sertorio? Because it is unlikely to happen soon does not mean that it cannot happen.