Thursday, September 3, 2015

The blinding stupidly of it all

Of the greed-driven foreign policy of the American plutocracy.

We have made rich and powerful both China and the states that produce and export Sunni Islamofundamentalism.

The world's top four defense budgets for 2014 were, in descending order, the USA, China, Saudi Arabia, and Russia.

Party propagandists spun the event – put on to remember the second world war – as a parade for peace.

Posters and banners featuring the event’s official logo, a white dove, had been plastered all across Beijing in recent weeks.

“Prejudice, discrimination, hatred and war can only cause disaster and suffering, while mutual respect, equality, peaceful development and common prosperity represent the right path to take,” Xi said in a 10-minute opening speech that featured the word “peace” 17 times.

But Thursday’s spectacle was about power, not peace.

Almost three years after he became China’s leader, in November 2012, Xi wants to show the region and the world that his country is a major political and military force as well as an economic one.

More importantly, he needs to bolster his domestic position as top dog amid growing hints that a bitter and potentially destabilising split is opening up at the top of the 85 million-member Communist party.

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