Monday, November 01, 2004

China's Harsh Words

On the eve of the election, China castigated George Bush for his pre-emptive strike policy and called the war in Iraq disasterous. China's former foreign minister Qian Quichen issued these words today and said that these actions would ultimately be the United States demise. He goes on to say that September 11th created an "Axis of Evil." Is this just another rant or does it hold some truth to it? Take a look and tell me what you all think. HERE


Lauren Corboy said...
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Lauren Corboy said...

So most of you won't be too shocked by this, but I have to say that I don't see any problems with what Qian Qichen was arguing. I totally agree that "...when a country's superiority psychology inflates beyond its real capability, a lot of trouble can be caused," and more importantly I agree that this theory relates to America's recent actions. While we are clearly the most "capable" country in the world, we still misread the complexity and difficulty that the war in Iraq would entail. However, it may be harsh (and slightly incorrect) to say that our newfound troubles "do not stem from the threats by others..." True, we went into Iraq (as we do into most situations,) with an overinflated sense of assuredness that allowed us to overlook potential threats and unintended consequences, (which is why we've lost so many lives on both sides.) Yet I would argue that our arrogance was simply an over-reaction to a threat that was, in fact, there but that we misinterpreted and responded to poorly.