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posted on Aug, 18 2005 @ 06:40 AM
long long ago a country named Britain used to transport opium to China and change it for huge sum of money. A chinese named Lin Zexu who was in power campaigned to forbiding it in order to save his country. He ordered the business men to turn in all the opium. The country Britain then attacked China in name of protecting its people, actually protecting its money. And further, they burned the most beautiful garden which, if still existed, would be still the most amazing garden in the world-- the Yuan Mingyuan royal garden(also named Winter Palace).
The first didn't stop until one week later, and after that , the chinese began to understand , there's no real justice for the week.

posted on Aug, 18 2005 @ 12:32 PM
Lets not stop here. Lets lay out the "civilized" acts of the other seven Western countries in the same period and lay bare how these "civilized" countries behave then. And perhaps compare to what they are doing currently.

Now, that, would be interesting.

posted on Aug, 18 2005 @ 12:55 PM
Well, I agree that the Opium wars were a bad thing but I don't think taking a postion of "they are the weak" is quite right. Your post seems to follow the lines of the "victim" mentality when in fact...China has certainly done it's own share of bad things.

They have, among other things, crushed unarmed protesters with tanks, sent dissidents off to so-called re-education and slave labor camps, and forced abortions upon or murdered women who have defied the government's one-child policy.

They certainly have done many things over their long history that haven't been very positive either. We all learn and grow from that. Many countries traded slaves as well. They all learned and past mistakes are forgiven. That is the way of the world.

Here are some other events:
The thousands of Muslims massacred in the 1870s as part of China's efforts to the region east of Burma.
Thousands of Taiwanese slaughtered in the pacification campaigns launched by China in the 1870s and '80s.
Thousands of Vietnamese soldiers and civilians killed in China's 1979 invasion, designed to "teach Vietnam a lesson."

posted on Aug, 18 2005 @ 03:12 PM
What do they say? Those who forget history is bound to repeat it?

I took exception to this "victim" mentality characterization; but rather think of it as a reminder of the history past, and an expander of what the first poster was alluding to.

Notwithstanding the above, points taken.

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