Sunday, June 26, 2005

Big Shu Daun Coming (孫子兵法)

Warning: this is a 'sensible' post, not a 'progressive' post. (explanation available)

and I am sure Canada is helping its very important ally and significant trading partner

Washington Times:
U.S. defense and intelligence officials say all the signs point in one troubling direction: Beijing then will be forced to go to war with the United States, which has vowed to defend Taiwan against a Chinese attack.
and not to be overlooked either is NY Times:
The $18.5 billion offer by the China National Offshore Oil Corporation for Unocal, which had already made a deal to be acquired by the American oil giant, Chevron, is forcing the administration to confront its own internal rifts over whether China should be viewed as friend, foe or something in between.
It's important to read both of these articles. It has been my opinion for many months that China and the US are on a collision course over oil, and Alberta's reserves factor critically into the drama about to unfold. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Personally, I don't believe the anti-US rhetoric that has infected Bananada is accidental and further that it indicates we have already chosen sides. Guess which side? If you get it wrong, take a drive through Markham Ontario and try the question again.

To the somnambulists of Ontario: if you have not yet read Sun Tzu's "The Art of War", I highly recommend it. You can easily find electronic copies on the net and download into your PDAs.
All warfare is based on deception.
Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.
If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.
Be subtle! be subtle! and use your spies for every
kind of business.

UPDATE: Wonder what China thinks of all this? People's Daily Online:
In trumpeting the "China threat theory" abroad, Rumsfeld's intention is to evoke doubts and worries among China's neighboring countries, so as to drive a wedge in the relations between China and its East Asian neighbors. But this trick seems cannot succeed--Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has clearly pointed out that the intention to contain China will not be accepted by many countries in the Asian region. Because people free from prejudice can clearly see that China's peaceful development is an opportunity, not a threat.