reply to post by Angelic Resurrection
A vietnam war vet once told me that : We couldn't defeat the viet cong cos we were actually fighting with the chinese 6th army.
China was involved in Vietnam, yes. It was the same with the Korean war - in which we won. (But, again, you won't find a whole lot of people with
political or media careers who will speak too willingly on the issue in either wars.)
The reason we didn't win Vietnam was because it was treated as a policing action. We were never allowed to actually go in and get the enemy. There
were agreed upon "no shoot" days - and we'd have to sit and watch the NVA move artillery into position for a nice addition to Reveille in the
morning. We would fly bombers over SAM-sites under construction with the help of Russian ambassadors, and not be able to bomb them (we had to wait
until they could shoot back and the Russians wouldn't have a dead envoy to be pissed about).
It's a perfect example of what happens when you let politicians fight a war.
Had we been allowed to fight the war in much the same manner as we fought the Korean war - we would have obliterated the NVA and torn the VC out by
the roots. In Vietnam's case, they would probably not have ended up being divided between North and South - it would have ended up unified, just as
it did, today.
reply to post by js331975
Wouldn't it be easier for all the "powers" to sit at a table and discuss influences and then share all of them?
Yes... and no.
We try this with China on a routine basis. We want their government to crack down on violations of international copyright. One of the things they
frequently do is clone something, like a new processor, and sell it on their markets. Which makes their country a sort of "black hole,"
economically. Capital goes in... but doesn't come back out, because they are unwilling to purchase any other nation's goods.
China refuses to do this, and wants more free trade agreements and the like.
We could say, "Fine, we'll just start getting more of our clothing from Taiwan" - but that would be recognizing them as an independent, sovereign
nation.... and China would have an aneurism. We could, honestly, pick up the slack from a loss of trade with China fairly easily from other
under-invested regions of the world (South America and Africa, namely). It wouldn't be a seamless or painless transition - but more worth it in the
long run, once we run the war and drug lords out with legitimate businesses that people would prefer to work for.
Anyway ... my point is that it's not always so easy.
The other end of things is that someone will always realize that they can kill someone and take what they have. Modifying this thought a little, they
may see that people will pay to avoid being killed. You can't negotiate with people who want to have everything. They will pretend to negotiate for
the things they need at the time - but then decide to use that gained power to take more from you and/or others when the time comes and they need
Idealistic I know but it would save a lot of time and money and possibly even make money at the same time.
It's not about money. It never is. It's about control.
There's a difference between someone who wants money and someone who wants control. Peace is always cost-effective and pays off in the long term.
Mutual, ethical agreements almost always leave all parties stronger at the conclusion of that agreement/contract than if one had subjugated the
I can't say I understand the mentality or how it works. I can understand wanting wealth - the things I want and would like to try and build would
cost absolutely staggering amounts of resources. However... I do not understand the quest for control. I don't want to rule over anything, really.
Sure - being a leader or influential person to others is cool - but I have no desire to control and force others into anything.
Money is simply a medium in that regard. If you want to rule the world... you are going to need more than an evil laugh and a few henchmen.