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Monday, December 23, 2013

Pacifying The Pacific With Dire Results

Obama criminals attempting to start WWIII to divert fallout, indictments from ongoing Snowden revelations and are willing to destroy the world in order to save themselves

GLOBAL RESEARCH
By Dallas Darling
12/22/2013

The U.S.'s role in trying to pacify and transform the Pacific Ocean into an "American Lake"(1) is being challenged by China's re-ascendancy. This was evident when Beijing proclaimed ownership of the Senkaku Islands, announcing that all aircraft entering the area-which has territorial boundaries disputed by Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan-must first notify Chinese authorities beforehand. To buttress its announcement, China launched two fighter jets to investigate flights by a dozen U.S. and Japanese reconnaissance and military planes that had entered the island's zone in the East China Sea. In the SouthChina Sea, China has just warned a U.S. cruiser not to enter what it considered to be a restricted zone, causing a tense stand-off and near collision.
 
 
Chinese Navy more than well equipped to stand up to Obama
The U.S.'s pacification of the Pacific culminated at the end of World War II when it dropped the atomic bombs on Japan killing hundreds of thousands of people. It served as a warning and spectacle, in that, American political and economic power, including its technological superiority and warrior culture, would be maintained in the region at all costs. But as a late comer to the Asian-Pacific region, the U.S. has had difficulty in adjusting to Pacific determinism. 
 
 
Layers of Chinese and Japanese histories and cultures, along with traditional political, economical, social and ideological systems, have for centuries already determined much of the Pacific's cartography. For the 21st century, the Asian-Pacific will not be pacified, nor will it be similar to a post-WWII map.
 
 
While the inter-continental and racial frontiers in the U.S. were disappearing, the Second and ThirdIndustrialRevolutions were modernizing warfare. Alfred Thayer Mahan's book, "The Influence of Sea Power," was redefining space. Warning of the "Yellow Peril"(1) and how that naval flotillas would win wars, he proposed the Pacific would cease to be a barrier and become a "wide common" which men may pass in all directions.(2) Future presidents believed America's "evangelist of sea power"(3) and fulfilled his wishes by projecting U.S. power into the Asian-Pacific, establishing new regional networks of political, economical and religious domination. This attempt to pacify the Pacific clashed with a more ancient and traditional Asian-Pacific determinism.
 
 
In the 21st century the U.S. discovered-and will continue to do so-that along with the world being an ocean and all its continents islands, those continents and islands contained people with complex and differing historical, political, economical, social and ideological undercurrents. China's recent mixed economy and industrial expansionism, intermingled with ripples of Communism, Confucianism and Buddhism, has always been guided by its symbolic nature of centrality, the Middle Kingdom. It will never again be psychologically or militarily unprepared for the experiences of the 19th century, when U.S.-European and Japanese superiority, first in war, then in wealth, became apparent. Its memories of the Sack of Beijing and Rape of Nanking will never again allow re-pacification.
 
 
Despite its allied status, the U.S. should remember too that just as Japan never completely submitted to being "scattered grains at the edge of the field" in its geographical relation to China, it still considers itself to be genuinely divine and favored by heaven. Neither did the U.S.'s post-WWII military occupation and reconstruction of Japan completely purge Japanese society of more traditional and indigenous waves of Shintoism, Samurai values, and the Sacred Throne. Japan's historical traditions and technological superiority, with its continued economic growth and scarcity of resources, will someday make it a formidable military force and sea power. This can already be observed as it once again gradually flexes its power in the Asian-Pacific region while undermining a pacifist constitution.
 
 
The most important aspect in pacifying the Pacific is how nations will respond to dwindling resources and climate change while attempting to expand unsustainable economic and military bases. The potential for chaos in this "Pacific Century" will increase as political, military and corporate rulers try and maintain the status quo, preserving their own power and privilege at the expense of others. Internally, new draconian crime-fighting measures will be introduced while attacking the poor, minorities and immigrants-accused of weakening the state and singled out for the harshest treatment. A climate of fear and suppression will continue to be created and used as an excuse for the police, the military, and the bureaucrats to crush any dissent or opposition.(4)
 
 
Weakening nations and empires will look for imaginary enemies to deflect growing criticism. But such searches will backfire, as was the case with the U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Since the U.S. had to increase military ties with Pakistan and Mongolia, both bordering China, China was pressured to ascend in the direction of the Pacific. Since the Pacific still remains dominated by the shadow of many U.S. wars (WWII, Cold War, Korean War, Vietnam, etc...), it is still a volatile region. China is also concerned over U.S. influence in Japan, the Philippines and Taiwan. A shortage of resources has also caused a "scramble for the ocean floor" for its valuable minerals. Many scenarios in the future for Asian-Pacific conflicts and repelling "ocean barbarians" exist.

Although the Pacific Command is the oldest and geographically largest of America's nine unified military commands(5), it will never be able to pacify the Pacific. And though it has been the dominant force in determining U.S. policy in the Asian-Pacific, used for forward troop deployments and securing markets and resources, it cannot be a history in and of itself.(6) On December 7, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt misspoke when he declared it was "a date which will live in infamy" and that "the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the naval an air forces of Japan." He should have announced: "There have been many similar incidences of trying to pacify the Pacific, including our nation's, and for centuries to come there will be many more."

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of StateJohn Kerry just visited Hanoi, Vietnam. China's Chang'e-3 and its lunar rover, Yutu, has just successfully landed on the moon. In Japan, protesters are trying to expel U.S. naval bases while are pushing to rearm and possibly militarize Japan. China now has NSA cyber secrets-when EdwardSnowden defected from the U.S.-that possibly reveals future U.S. military aims in the Asian-Pacific region. Some attempts to redraw the Pacific map, redefining ocean floor space, outer space, and more economic and political space, will probably carry with it dire results.

Dallas Darling (darling@wn.com)

(1) Paret, Peter. Makers of ModernStrategy. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton Paperbacks, 2005., p. 465.

(2) Bender, Thomas. A Nation Among Nations: America's Place in World History. New York, New York: Hill and Wang Publishers, 2006., p. 17.

(3) Paret, Peter. Makers of Modern Strategy., p. 446.

(4) Orlov, Dmity. The FiveStages of Collapse. British Columbia: Canada, 2013., p. 174.

(4) Honey, Martha and Tom Barry. GlobalFocus: U.S. Foreign Policy at the Turn of the Millennium., p. 291.

(5) Honey, Martha and Tom Barry. Global Focus: U.S. Foreign Policy at the Turn of the Millennium. New York, New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000., p. 291.

(6) Bender, Thomas. A Nation Among Nations: America's Place in World History., p. 17.





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