posted on Mar, 10 2005 @ 06:11 PM
In light of recent events, I've had a revelation. That revelation is, if America should be concentrating on anything, if America should be
"meddling" and extending itself on anything, it's China. Unfortunately, America has been looking the other way the whole time.
One of the problems with the Middle East is that it's far too influential. One thing that has happened over the last 20 years or so is that the U.S.
has literally been obsessed with the Middle East that they pretty much left the other side of the world to grow, prosper, and now are threatening the
U.S. in it's standing as lone superpower. On top of that, America and the rest of the world has shown that it cannot handle the Middle East
situation, for the following reasons:
1. Middle East situation is multi-dimensional, multi-faceted. It's about more than just politics, it's also about economics, culture, society,
religion, history and philosophy. Just about everything that makes up human civilization is in the Middle East, at least in principle.
2. The Middle East is THE cradle of modern human civilization. This means that the Middle East is not something that is at all easy to handle or see
immediete results. Whatever changes may have positive short-term results, but it's the long-run that's more important. The Middle East is so
volatile that the long-term results will be absolutely potentially terrifying for all parties involved. And what happens in the Middle East
reverberates to the rest of the world.
3. That very influence of the Middle East is what makes it so dangerous and undesirable, because the more influential something is, the harder it is
to change it or conquer it.
So, why China? Because China is such a simple situation, like the Cold War. Conquer them or be conquered by them. China isn't a matter of terrorism,
it isn't a matter of religion, it's not a matter of "good vs. evil," it's not a matter of modern society, politics, culture vs. the traditional
religious theocracies, it's not liberalism vs. conservatism. It's none of that complicated stuff. It's all very simple. The United States of
America, world's lone superpower, political/economic powerhouse, the nexus of modern civilization. The nation that defines this planet Earth we live
on. Then there is China. Fast-rising superpower. World's largest population and culture. Tremendous principle and legacy. Obviously, there is a
showdown in sight somewhere in the future. Eventually, the U.S. is going to have to decide whether to let China become it's rival, or if they're
going to solidify it's place as greatest country on Earth. A very simple situation.
Not to mention that the whole situation with China is a very outward-looking one, while the the Middle East situation is a very inward-looking one.
With China, there will be more emphasis on things like knowledge, science, etc., because those are what drives China, so America will be challenged to
look at those fields as well. U.S. vs. China is a very progressive situation, so to speak. In current America, which is Middle East-enfused, we are
seeing major conservatism and backwardness in politics, wisdom, and decay in all parts of life.
As for the Middle East, I consider it's a cross between Pandora's Box and the Garden of Eden. Some things are better left alone.
I haven't really written this as well as I wanted to, but I hope I got my point across. Thoughts?