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When Ronald Reagan dubbed the Soviet Union an “evil empire” he was blasted for being inflammatory and was accused of wanting to start a nuclear war with the Soviets. Ronald Reagan negotiated with the Soviets from a position of strength and knew the only language dictators understand is strength, Reagan was going to defend American interests. I, for one, find it dishonest and frankly lazy when someone wants to view every world event through the lens of World War 2 or the Cold War because when a viable threat like China arises, Americans will be caught flat-footed. Here we are caught flat-footed and China is making moves quickly.
Liberal intellectuals will lecture Americans and Europeans until they are blue in the face about the evils of imperialism and there is certainly cause to view empires as a negative force in the world due to a history of human rights violations. The debate about the empires of the past is for another time, now is the time to ask will our intellectual and moral betters say anything Chinese Imperialism? Not really; it is being reported but I think if we have learned in the Trump era we know when the media wants to make something a priority. China slowly trying to take away land from 18 different countries (India and Taiwan are the famous ones) but they are claiming ownership of the entire South China Sea in order to expand militarily and economically.
In real-time, we are witnessing a country that will kill anyone, violate anyone’s rights. and lie for any reason in order to gain power and rise at an unprecedented level with almost no resistance. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is finally leading the charge to hold China accountable for putting Uighur Muslims in concentration camps, covering up COVID-19, and violating the Sino-British joint declaration which, of course, means Hong Kong is no longer a place where Western values will be tolerated. China up until 2015 had an abhorrent one-child policy which led to newborn babies, children of God, to be left in the street for dead. I understand the need for strategic partnerships but this partnership is corroding our sense of honor and duty to defend free people.
I will not mince words China is our enemy and we need to treat them like the Cold War adversary they are. COVID-19 exposed for the world to see the lengths media and politicians will go to defend China. If comes down to who has the capability to be tougher on China between Trump and Biden, then Trump wins walking away. The Chinese people are suffering, Hong Kongers are suffering, and if we do not act soon we too will feel the pain of China being the undisputed world superpower. Human dignity depends on us challenging the New Evil Empire.Published in