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Down The Road A Piece

Reader comment on item: White House Nonchalance toward the Middle East
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Submitted by orange yonason (United States), Mar 22, 2006 at 02:17


"Down the road we face another possible foe, China."

I think you are quite right, but I am concerned, given their massive military buildup,
that it may not be so far down that road as we would like.

And any major increase in our military preoccupation with militant Islam (highly likely) could be an opportunity they might feel can't be missed. If they act with stealth and alacrity after we have done all the damage we can do to the Islamists who choose to fight us, they might expect to A) neutralize the threat we pose to their ambitions, and B) take out whatever is left of the Islamist threat we have weakened for them.

If there is a silver lining there, it's that life in a world where the Chinese are the dominant power would almost certainly be preferable to having Islam hold that position, not that either is an especially great bargain. But at least life under the Chinese would probably be no worse than if the Democrats regain power. (just trying to put as positive a spin on that hopefully unlikely scenario as I can)

Of course, they may just be doing what we should have been doing all along in the face of a worldwide Islamist threat. And if they better anticipate that threat, and what they need to survive it, well, who could fault them for that?

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