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This post was edited by abramicus at 2013-11-30 11:17|
Today, we read the first impressive headlines that show that the US has statesmen after all, who think first and foremost of their own citizens, rather than tie their fate to the Japanese, who are willing to turn all their commercial airplane passengers into human shields, and possible Kamikaze hostages, as they "challenge" China's air defense identification zone. The US Dept of State has announced that all civilian airlines should inform China of their flight plans, for their own safety. Now, this is true courage, and true democracy. No machismo, just American lives, Primero Uno!
At the rate the Japanese are going, it would be only a matter of time before a Japanese plane "accidentally veers off course" into China's sovereign airspace over Diaoyudao, that will trigger an intercept by Chinese planes to escort it out of the area, which will provide the excuse for Japan to do another Mukden-in-the-Air and shoot down the Chinese plane on the pretext it is "protecting" its civilians. There has to have been a big debate in the White House, and the world is all the better and safer for the victory of the statesmen who are now taking back the reins of government from emotionally overdriven China haters.
The point of the rules of reporting that China put out is to protect the civilian passengers on all airlines, regardless of country of origin, from being mistaken for being hostile military aircrafts, which China has experienced hundreds of times coming from the Japanese SDF that sends out a squadron of 8 F15's regularly on the approach of any aircraft from China toward its airspace over Diaoyudao, even if the aircraft is clearly unarmed. These hostile aircrafts from Japan are what deserve the treatment China has prepared to deliver to them, not the passenger planes. But Japan, for all its claim of machismo, hides behind a skirt of civilian air traffic while waving its katana every now and then.
The Geneva Convention also prohibits governments from intentionally making civilians serve as the human shields of their military forces, by denying them the proper means of being identified as civilians, and thus kept out of any military showdown. The statesmen in the US government understood this principle. The Japanese don't. They are used to sending their peasant youths into suicide brigades, two and a half million of which they murdered in cold blood by forcing them to fight wars that do not defend their country, but merely add to the megalomanical ego of their leaders. For this decision, America has gained the secret admiration of Chinese leaders, and this is a good way to introduce Vice-President Biden to China.
Welcome, Mr. Vice-President, hats off to you!