reply to post by 727Sky
I'm awfully proud of our pilots and air crews and would like to shake the hand of the guy who ordered that mission. Do you think they selected BUFFs
just to make sure that swing wasn't taken? IMO, we've let the other side get away with puffing out their chests for too long. Am glad to see a line
being drawn finally.
China demonstrating their financial strength building empty cities has been on my mind.
I personally believe the Buffs were a perfect choice for the mission.
When I first read the report I did wonder what other assets we had in the area just in case.
With the treaty we have with Japan for their defense IMO we really had no choice but to show the flag; and as sick as it may sound to some I wish the
Buffs would do a fly-over every figging week until China sees the error in annexing international airspace and everything below...
The are some real military hot heads in China who no doubt think their war plans used during some past glory days will work with the U.S. So did
Iraq's military minded leaders..
I for one hope it cools down and all the saber rattling gets put to rest. All parties involved have much to lose with little gain IMO.
With our (U.S.) treaties with Japan we have no choice but to be a presence for Japan. It is what it is so let's hope TPTB make the right moves. The
world does not need a real war where several million dead would be getting off lightly. But China is an honest threat to all of S.E. Asia if they want
to be. Funny most say Asian but the Asians are more racist than just about any group I know of; with them if you are not of their country they may
smile and act nice in each others presence yet all the time they believe each other to be inferior or a foreign devil .. Although I will say the
Chinese are usually respected for the intelligence and military might in all countries in S.E. Asia. They are the big neighbor to the north after all.
I have watched the Buddhist and their live and let live philosophy become even more entrenched in that belief in spite of the Muslim incursions with
their bombs and bullets. However you burn a temple or blow up a school and they can flip a mental switch and cut the perps heart out.... I like it and
figure the world would be a better place if swift justice was practiced. The live and let live I also like until someone tries to change the rules so
that they live and someone else dies.
China has been buying friends, making capital investments and making practical arguments to most of S.E. Asia with regards to their geopolitical
alignments and many are listening and playing the lip service game.
In reality the people are not as ignorant as they once were so the game continues and none have a crystal ball so it is a day to day process with
plans and contingency plans always in the briefing rooms. ..
I don't think China has the military might as of yet to challenge the U.S. and our allies..... yet.... In another 20 years all bets are off especially
if the dollar collapses... A Nuclear war? Hopefully no one is stupid enough to start that crap but those plans have been on the drawing board since
Ike was president; just the targets have changed.
Sorry for the rambling reply... The Buffs were a perfect choice and I hope they keep it up for now is the time to reach an understanding on
international airspace and what the range of the Adiz and Territorial waters as defined by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea .
China is bucking allot of world agreements at present so standing up now may be a god send for future generations. Then maybe we can get back to live
and let live if this all works out..
If someone claims a region and people do not keep using it for transit, then over time maritime law says that their claim becomes valid and people
can no longer transit the region. It is important for us to exercise our right of passage.
I did not know that so thanks for the info
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