It was the chief strategist of the Trump administration, Steve Bannon, that mentioned an apocalyptic war between China and the US is inevitable within the next 5 to 10 years. The psychological makeup for the Chinese central command is that words mean everything, especially if threats are made by senior officials of a given government. This sets the tone of China allocating enough resources to strengthen their military in accordance to the response.
What Steve Bannon inadvertently did was provide a self-fulfilling prophecy that has its roots entrenched in the Peloponnesian War. It was Sparta that declared war against Athens; they felt that democracy was becoming too dominant in their own sphere of influence.
If George Orwell was alive today he may have seen an entirely different mechanism working towards the same sequence of the Peloponnesian war. The only difference this time is that the most dominant country in the world is the United States. However, Orwell was intuitive enough to analyze communism and all its frailties that are inherent and circumvent the economic wellbeing of the vast population that believe that their labor is based on the resources that they gather.
In the global order, the Thucydides trap does have a genetic map that adjusts attitudes producing competition between a dominant power and a rising power. In the historical perspective, if the Gods gave Sparta the cultural shock of Athens’ rise, then the dominant power couldn’t circumvent their fear of a competitor in the arena. The singularity of fear is not proportional to the stage that these nations live in. There is no God that can choose between a dominant power and a rising power; that is left to man and the social order to settle the score to what is favorable and what is unacceptable.
If the Greek Gods were unable to choose between Sparta and Athens, then perhaps geopolitical scholars need to assert a relevant thesis that may have to do with familiarity breeding contempt. In regards to China, the commission of America’s national interests stated, “A dive of such proportion can not enter the stage without effect.”
I need to know what Gods they’re talking about or what Gods will has upon China. We all need to know what God’s will towards China is. If Sparta was wrong towards Athens as a rising democracy then why should democracy be absolved from being wrong in this millennium?
The South China Sea involves approximately 200 mid-ocean islets; most being coral outcroppings without any significant material value. In view of the fact that many nations go to markets to purchase natural resources, it allows for the stability and equilibrium between all nations involved in the South China Sea region. This sequence allowed many Asian Pacific nations not to fire a single shot.
The issue arises when nationalism brings forth the expectation and entitlement of whatever natural resources a nation can develop from these offshore waters of the islets. In January 1974 a two day clash of arms occurred between China and Vietnam resulting in the Paracel region of the South China Sea coming into the hands of the Chinese, while the Sprailties region of the South China Sea partially being split up among the Philippines, Vietnam, and Taiwan.
China does understand how provocative democracy is at times because of Japan’s solicitation of the US to get involved in the rebalancing of the Asia-Pacific region by using freedom of navigation, international law, and human rights. China decides to call out the US human rights issues into question as a device to propagate its own interests and cement its dominance in the Asia-Pacific region.
The model the US is using is the freedom of navigation and human rights to legitimize their maneuvering in the Asia-Pacific region. It solidifies the bilateral relationship between Japan and the US to influence the region without having China breathing down their necks. Japan feels the Russian jet incident sends a clear message in the geopolitical world: if the US can not contain Russia, then how the hell are they going to contain China? That means Japan has to rely on the US to contain China and Russia in order to feel secure. For Japan, it is a game of mathematics. Their collective organization can not accept the #3 position in economic power while China creeps into the #2 spot.
The US military is already quite advanced and strong. It seems that the US is becoming less confident and more sensitive. It seems that the US will never feel at ease until it has absolute military predominance over China. This explains that Washington’s China strategy lacks justification. The US is using the South China Sea disputes as an excuse to intervene in the region. Washington’s posture in the region is much more aggressive than the South China Sea policy it claims.”
According to Thucydides, “It was the rise of Athens and the fear that this inspired in Sparta that made war inevitable.” The rise and fear seems to be a mechanism in the psychological makeup of a dominant nation. China’s economic clout has excelled in ranking amongst the trade partnerships they’ve constructed. The US is now inclined to tell the world that Trump should be the one making the rules. Again, the question comes to the forefront on the global stage, why are their rules more exceptional than others?
This lesson frequently makes a return to the Peloponnesian War and the Thucydides Trap. Instead of having the autocratic Sparta, you now have democracy. It was Steve Bannon’s position and proclivity that led to the establishment of a statement proclaiming an inevitable war with China in the next 5 to 10 years. However Steve’s mind is playing tricks on itself.
Bannon warned, “There’s rot at the center of the Judeo-Christian West, Secularism has sapped the strength of the Judeo-Christian West to defend its ideals,” he argued at the Vatican conference. The “aristocratic Washington class” and the media, he has claimed, are in league with the entire religion of Islam and an expansionist China to undermine Judeo-Christian America.
It is my understanding that the dominant religion in China is Buddhism and Taoism. Now this miscreant strategist of the Trump administration believes in the deepening imbroglio of religious war with China. We did not state this position, it was Steve Bannon. He wants to put Catholics against Evangelicals and use religion as a dominating force to contain China. It was Trump that held up the Bible that his mom gave him. But these are not the type of religious wars that Trump’s mother believes in. There is repentance with both Catholics and Evangelicals who believe Jesus died for them on the cross. This man wants to undermine the Catholic Church and Evangelicals while putting China into his grisly world of stupidity.