Did China Win the War on Terror?

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

John Feffer

John Feffer of the far left Institute for Policy Studies, believes that China is the main winner in the “War on Terror”:

But perhaps the only country in the world that has benefited from the last decade of war against al-Qaeda is China, and it has benefitted big time. Beijing has watched the United States spend more than $3 trillion on the war on terrorism, devote its military resources to the Middle East, and neglect pretty much every other part of the globe (except where al-Qaeda and its friends hang out). The United States is now mired in debt, stuck in a recession, and paralyzed by partisan politics.

Over that same period, meanwhile, China has quickly become the second largest economy in the world. In 2001, Goldman Sachs predicted that the Chinese economy would rival that of Germany by 2011. Boy, was that a lowball estimate. Last month, the International Monetary Fund looked again into the crystal ball and announced that the Chinese economy would become the world’s largest in 2016.

China’s overtaking of the United States “will effectively end the ‘Age of America’ a decade before most analysts had expected,” writes David Gardner in the British Daily Mail. “It means that whoever wins the 2012 presidential election will have the dubious honor of presiding over the fall of the United States.”

Hard to fault Feffer’s logic unfortunately.

Couldn’t possibly have been planned that way, could it?


New Book Details Chavez Involvement in Assassinations and Treachery

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

From UPI:

Computer files from 2008 show Colombian rebels trained Venezuelan government goons to kill opponents of Hugo Chavez’s regime, computer data indicated.

The New York Times said Tuesday the apparent proof came in the form of data found in a computer belonging to a leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known by its Spanish acronym FARC, who was killed in a 2008 raid.

The documents laid out a fairly tight relationship between Venezuela and FARC, a leftist force battling the pro-U.S. government in Bogota. The details are chronicled in “The FARC Files,” a new book released this week in London by the think tank International Institute for Strategic Studies.

The Times said the book details a relationship that was both cooperative and frequently rocky. In one instance, the Venezuelan army gave FARC permission to send a supply mule train across the border into Colombia, but then ambushed the convoy and turned its prisoners over to Colombian authorities.

At the same time, FARC agreed to provide training to Venezuelan pro-government paramilitaries and carry out political bombings in 2003.

“We tried to produce a sober analysis of the FARC since the late 1990s, when Venezuela became a central element of their survival strategy,” said Nigel Inkster, one of the book’s editors.

No prize for surprize here.


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