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THE OLD WAR HORSES ARE SPEEDING ONCE AGAIN TO THE PLACE WHERE IT ALL BEGAN [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2013-9-18 12:01:01 |Display all floors
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The Congress of Berlin of 1878, chaired by German Prime Minister Otto von Bismarck, sought to resolve the disputes amongst the Great Powers over the fate of the Balkan States and the Ottoman Empire.  In reality, it was an attempt by Germany to whittle down the territorial gains and remove the strategic outposts of an ascendant Russia, under Prime Minister Alexander Gorchakov, right after Russia's victory in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78.  The final Treaty of Berlin temporarily achieved a semblance of peace among the contenders for land and power, and outlasted the expectations of its architects, who beiieved a war among the European powers would be coming in 15 years.  Instead, the peace lasted 34 years, up to 1912 when the First Balkan War erupted, leading to WWI in 1914.

There is every reason to expect the Syrian Peace to last for only a very short time.

China should expect more turmoil beyond the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons.  A Russian defeat, if Syria resists, is entirely possible, and with it, the loss of China's own strategic rear.  China must remember that after the Great Powers crushed the Ottoman Empire aka "the Sick Man of Europe", they turned their attentions to China, culminating in the humiliating Treaty of Beijing of 1900, in an attempt to finish off the "Sick Man of Asia".  Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.  Better an ounce of prevention than a pound of cure . . .

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Post time 2013-9-18 13:26:02 |Display all floors
JAPAN IS ONCE AGAIN EGGING CHINA TO GO TO WAR

What country's leadership would openly speculate on its ability to shoot down the drones of a neighboring country patroling its own islands?  Well, you don't have to look too hard.  Japan has done so in regard to China's unmanned patrols flying near, and not even over, its Diaoyudao island.  If this does not smack of another Mukden Incident in the making (on September 18, 1931, the Imperial Japanese Army invaded Manchuria on the pretext that a section of the railway it had leased from China was bombed by Chinese troops), what does?  False flags are standard operating procedure for the Japanese forces.  This time around, the militarists supporting Japan have co-opted Obama by declaring their readiness to back up any Japanese invasion of Diaoyudao.  

In China, this incident is memorialized as the 918 Incident.

Today is its 82nd anniversary.  Remembered as a day of national shame, it reminds all Chinese that restitution by Japan has yet to take place.  Maybe, it is time to take back Diaoyudao to wash away this shame.

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