Wednesday, July 20, 2005

The Southern Threat

Oh, and let's keep an eye out south of the border, too. This article is mainly about Sino-American relations, but a China that's looking at sinking the US probably woudn't be that safe to resource-rich Mongolia just up the road.
Cols. Qiao and Wang write approvingly of Al Qaeda, Colombian drug lords and computer hackers who operate outside the "bandwidths understood by the American military." They envision a scenario in which a "network attack against the enemy" — clearly a red, white and blue enemy — would be carried out "so that the civilian electricity network, traffic dispatching network, financial transaction network, telephone communications network and mass media network are completely paralyzed," leading to "social panic, street riots and a political crisis." Only then would conventional military force be deployed "until the enemy is forced to sign a dishonorable peace treaty."

This isn't just loose talk. There are signs of this strategy being implemented. The anti-Japanese riots that swept China in April? That would be psychological warfare against a major Asian rival. The stage-managed protests in 1999, after the U.S. accidentally bombed the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, fall into the same category.

The bid by the state-owned China National Offshore Oil Co., to acquire Unocal? Resource warfare. Attempts by China's spy apparatus to infiltrate U.S. high-tech firms and defense contractors? Technological warfare. China siding against the U.S. in the U.N. Security Council over the invasion of Iraq? International law warfare. Gen. Zhu's threat to nuke the U.S.? Media warfare.

And so on. Once you know what to look for, the pieces fall into place with disturbing ease. Of course, most of these events have alternative, more benign explanations: Maybe Gen. Zhu is an eccentric old coot who's seen "Dr. Strangelove" a few too many times.
Read the whole article by Max Boot if you don't have enough in your life to worry about (via the Corner, BTW). Combine this article with the ones I linked to here and here, and you might be able to say that there's a lot of potential for the world to fall apart before our very eyes. And for Mongolia to be smack dab in the middle of it all.

Have a nice day.

3 Comments:

Anonymous yan said...

It's probably not too wise to take every pothead out there, no matter if Chinese, American or European, too seriously. Esp. if people begin to talk about some kind of Chinese World Conspiracy, they are probably not much closer to the truth than those accusing the US of trying to take over the world.
I guess people should try to understand that the main driving force behind a countries policy is usually (I'd say in 90% of all cases) sheer opportunism, not some kind of evil plan or grand vision.

That Chinese General sure sounded scary, though.






btw. I heard those 1999 demonstrators didn't only hit US facilities, they also destroyed some windows of the Mongolian embassy. Talk about collateral damage :D

7/22/2005 4:50 AM  
Anonymous yan said...

P.S. basically, the means mentioned in the article (disinformation, illegal drugs, international organisations, the cornering of ressources, from time to time even the man-made earthquakes) are almost identical to what certain islamists, or certain russian hardliners, accuse the US of. I don't know why anyone would want to copy those duraks' style.

7/22/2005 4:59 AM  
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