The US is promising to block all other nations from using near-Earth space (more). That is, the US will block other nations from running imaging (spy, weather, research, etc.) satellites, communications systems (satellite phones, 2-way internet, etc.), navigation systems (foreign versions of GPS like the ESA Galileo program), and so on. This includes not just “enemies”, but even friendly allies. To facilitate this process, the US plans on, in effect, merging NASA (a civilian organization) with the military and this will of course result in the total militarization of space.

In even more ominous news, the Council on Foreign Relations has just issued an “attack now” statement on China (more), saying that they are currently decades behind America in military power — hostilities are pending due to the battle over Taiwan, which China sees as a rogue province but America sees as a sovereign nation (as well as due to enormous economic wars). However, the Heritage Foundation points out that this new report does not jive with Pentagon numbers which give far greater estimates of China's military power*.

So here's the question: If the Bush Cabal is allowed to stay in power over Americans, will they take on China before it's “too late”? They could probably win now and kill “only” fifty million Americans (an “acceptable” rate of loss?) or so… but if they wait ten years, victory would be far less certain.

I suppose now would be a good time to quote Einstein.

"We must inoculate our children against militarism, by educating them in the spirit of pacifism... Our schoolbooks glorify war and conceal its horrors. They indoctrinate children with hatred. I would teach peace rather than war, love rather than hate. ... I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."

* Also remember that China is allied with Russia at this point, and Europe is very much a wildcard. Don't bet that Europe won't jump at a chance to decimate America's all-but-monopoly.

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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