reply to post by SLAYER69
I thought Britt made some good points.
These days controlling oil is becoming more critical for the short term. The "man" controlling the tap is a nameless faceless corporate entity, whose
own internal politics is more vicious and convoluted than anything we see in governments.
As far as the nature of oil reserves of the future, the light sweet easy to get crude is running out, and all alternatives are going to be a great
deal more expensive, and extracting gas and oil from shale is going to be a lot more expensive, and looks to create far more environmental harm than
people are willing to stand for.
This makes corporate entity man even more psychotic than normal. All of this ties together.
I think it is a given that China seeks territorial expansion. Pakistan is a choice piece of real estate for Chinese territorial expansion. While
China has a considerable coast line, it is boxed in by Japan, Vietnam, The Philippines, and U.S. control of the Mariana Islands. Pakistan offers
China a broader access to the seas, which would greatly enhance any expansion of Naval power.
The other big issue is religion. China has no freedom of religion issue to deal with, as the official position of China on religion is that they have
no respect for religion, and no qualms about religious oppression. This may put China in a better position to deal with religious extremism. This
creates a very interesting match up against corporate imperialism, which is very much mired in religious conservatism.
When it comes to dealing with religion, Western culture is very fractured. Liberal elites remain loyal to religion based cultural influences, which
is IMO, counter to true liberal beliefs. Science and technology does not mix well with religious orthodoxy. Western conservatism embraces religious
orthodoxy almost completely. This is a schism in Western culture that IMO has yet to be addressed.
I agree, China is not a communist nation any more, at least nothing akin to twentieth century communism. It is morphing into a completely new type of
political, and perhaps economic, entity. I think this will continue have an growing influence on Western Culture, which is trying to be too much to
be everything for everyone.
It needs to be considered, how invested is International Corporate Imperialism in the Middle East. The people of the U.S. and Europe are pretty much
fed up with IC imperialism, and they have always been leary of the influence religions seems to maintain over the ICs. Combine this with IC
corruption, debt, and tax burdens, it seems unlikely that the West will be interested in opposing any advances China makes towards Pakistan.
This puts China in a very unique position when it comes to Pakistan. Overall, I think India sees Islam as a huge problem. While India is a long
ways from moving towards any stance against religion, the understanding of the "my enemies enemy is my ally" concept comes very much into play. Who
will India see as its greatest threat? In the short term, Islam, in the long term, maybe China, but maybe not.
Meanwhile, a growing number of people in the U.S. see the ICs as their current, greatest threat, while many still want to believe government is the
biggest problem, they are being force to come to grips with the reality that the ICs are clearly associated with the problem, and even the die hard
capitalists are beginning to recognize that the ICs may in fact be the biggest problem. Here, the conflict between science and religion comes even
more into play. There is a very strong bond between religion and capitalism, which IMO, strongly conflicts with true market economics. Throw in
environmental conservation and its strong bond to science, which seems to be in direct conflict with IC goals, and that is the crux of the current
divide in U.S. politics.
This is how I see the lines being drawn.
edit on 26-11-2011 by poet1b because: add a couple of maybes