Anton Goryunov reports from Beijing: Both NATO and China like to talk a lot about world peace and respect for other nations’ rights and aspirations and all that other meaningless rubbish. But I bet deep in the dungeons of NATO headquarters in Brussels and in bunkers of the Chinese People Liberation Army detailed plans have been developed for having a go at each other – if things turn nasty all of a sudden.
Let’s start with NATO, which was created to defend Western Europe from the former Soviet Union and its allies. Nowadays, it’s busy kicking butt thousands of miles away from Europe, be in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and possibly soon in Syria. And the US drones that are hitting targets in Pakistan, even as you read this, are basically launched on behalf of NATO. And Pakistan, if you look at the map, is right on China’s doorstep. And sometimes things tend to get out of hand and it all gets very chaotic.
I hope you’re getting my drift here. NATO is getting mighty close to China. And if so, it must have a plan of action in case the commies in Beijing get ideas and do something unexpected, like attacking some country that is vital to the West’s national interests. And that would be pretty much every country in the world now.
So NATO’s plan of hitting China – obviously in response to its ‘aggression’ against one of its neighbours – will include some serious bombardment for a start, to wipe out Chinese anti-aircraft defences. And then it will be cruise missiles hitting China’s nuclear silos, before launching the mother of all air raids from all sides. And then NATO commandos will stream in and occupy crucial positions, to wait for the main forces to arrive. And then China’s leaders will beg for mercy, while most of the population will surrender without a fight.
You might think this sounds crazy, but I bet NATO’s trigger-happy generals must be thinking along these lines. I mean, who could have imagined only 13 years ago that NATO forces would be invading Afghanistan, Iraq and whacking people in Libya and Syria? No one. So don’t be surprised if things start heating up even further from Europe, especially as Western governments need a big juicy war now, considering that their economies are f..ked, if you pardon the academic lingo here.
But what of China? And that would be a good question. Well, in China alarm bells have been ringing ever since NATO sent its boys to Afghanistan and flexed their muscles in other places. Publicly the Chinese communist leaders are not saying it, but behind the scenes they are worried sick. A few years ago they came up with a White Paper on National Defence that contained five principles of peaceful co-existence that supposedly underpin its foreign policy. (I hope I’m not boring you with this.) These principles are: 1) mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity; 2) mutual non-aggression; 3) non-interference in other states’ internal affairs; 4) equality and mutual benefit; and 5) peaceful coexistence.
The White Paper said that China does not seek hegemony anywhere in the world and that it has no plans of joining military blocs or expanding militarily. It also points out that China doesn’t station its troops in foreign countries or seek military bases in foreign countries.
But when it comes to Taiwan, the tone of the White Paper changes and it blames the United States for providing weapons to Taipei and basically accuses the yanks of causing a lot of tension in the region. And as the US is part of NATO and any of its members, if attacked, can ask the rest to help them, I hope you see the possible scenario developing here.
So my guess is that the comrades in Beijing do have some sort of a plan worked out to take on NATO – if things turn nasty. And I suspect that the idea will be to launch a couple of nukes in the direction of Japan, to cool off the ‘aggressors’, and then dig in and weather out the aerial bombardments and missile attacks. And then the People’s Liberation Army will hit back at the ‘advancing NATO ground troops’, sending them running – or something along these lines.
Not a pretty scenario really, if you think about it. But with the way things are going in the world now I wouldn’t be surprised by anything any more.
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