WAR OF CONFLICT AMONG STATES, NATIONS AND FAMILIES IS A MYTH
by Cliff McKenzie, editor, vigilancevoice.com
ZERO PLUS 1273 DAY--New York, NY, Tuesday, March
Beast of Political Terror is waking once more. This time it
is growling at the idea its children have a right to leave the
"nest," and, threatens to "kill them" if
Political Vigilance can
often twist itself into Political Tyranny backed by the forces
of Terrorism. In the case of Chinese-Taiwan relations, Political
Terrorism seems to have taken the upper hand.
political beast is like an angry parent reprimanding a
feisty child (Taiwan)
In a statement released
from Bejing, China's capital, the nations' leaders introduced
a bill into its legislature pre-authorizing military action
if Taiwan takes concrete steps toward formal independence.
Such action is not unlike
a parent threatening to maim a child upon the age of maturity
if the child threatens to leave the family and marry. Independence
is a dirty word to China, one worth threatening war over.
Currently, Taiwan's official
name is the Republic of China. Seeking independence from China
formally, Taiwanese are proposing full independence and changing
the legal name and status of the nation from its existing binding
with China to a free and independent state called Taiwan.
Under the proposed legislation,
the military would have the right to exercise "nonpeaceful
means" to force Taiwan to remain within the Chinese nest.
Essentially, the legislation pre-authorizes "war"
to keep Taiwan a family member.
It is ironic in a way
that the difference between the Chinese and American policies
aren't too different. The war in Iraq was "pre-authorized"
by Executive Order. Back when official "wars" were
launched, Congress had to approve them. Since the Gulf of Tonkin
Resolution that thrust America into the Vietnam War, the authorization
to engage in military actions has become less a matter of legislation
and more a matter of the whim of the President.
Some claim America preemptively
attacked Iraq without the consent of the people as embodied
in Congress and legislature. In today's world, there is an increasing
thirst for leaders to subvert the idea of seeking approval for
conflict and going directly to it. It follows an old principle
that it is better to ask forgiveness than to seek permission.
America preemptively attacked Iraq without the consent
of its people
Of course, there are
incredible risks when the power of war is placed in the hands
of the few, especially when all wars impact the lives of the
many. Such risk means that those who control the weapons of
war are akin to the same thinking and principles as those who
will suffer once it is launched.
This is, however, rarely
Few people are armed
with geopolitical knowledge, and even fewer are concerned about
the happenings of events far from their shores when they are
struggling simply to pay the bills and keep tabs on the whereabouts
of their own children and the course of their own lives.
This puts the idea of
Political Terrorism at the top of the "let's do it"
heap because few voices of the masses will rise above the din
of the politicians in time to head off pre-emptive military
actions such as America has witnessed following Vietnam.
Thus, it shouldn't be
a surprise that the Chinese have taken a page from the Western
World's leading military and economic power. When American states
tried to secede from the union, a major war was launched. The
American Civil War was not unlike what is happening between
Taiwan and China.
Another example is Civil
Rights. Southern states that defied national mandates put their
franchises at risk. In response, federal troops marched in with
weapons to force the states to surrender their "independence"
no matter how "unethical" it was.
Civil Rights battle was not unlike what is happening between
Taiwan and China
Northern and Southern
California have been at battle for years over splitting the
state into two halves since the northern half of the 35 million-population
state believes it pays far too much to support the southern
In the microcosm of the
family, the same events occur.
A child who defies his
or her parents: "I'm not doing that. You're not in charge
of me! I'm going to run away!" is simply saying what Taiwan
is saying: "Independence!"
The parents of the child,
however, have a different view. "You do what you're told
right to use force against Taiwan can be likened to the parental
belief that no one needs to be consulted to force a child to
kowtow to the rules of the family.
Even after the legal
franchise age of 18, and, in some cases even younger if a child
can seek a court's approval for "emancipation" from
parental control, parents seek to use draconian methods to force
children to keep within the family fold.
Religious beliefs often
dictate that a person would be a "traitor" if he or
she married outside the "religion." Similarly, some
families believe that mixed marriages violate some sovereignty
of the family and use all types of effort to insure this doesn't
As Parents of Vigilance,
the key to not facing the confrontation of "solemnity "
between a child and parents is that both sides have common mutual
beneficial goals that make unity profitable for all. This means
that parents need to communicate with children at deep personal
and emotional levels at the earliest possible states of development
so that a child wants to cleave rather than separate from the
To achieve this the family
members need to be thinking not in selfish terms about their
own particular wants and needs, but thrust themselves into the
future and make decisions about what is right for future generations--the
Children's Children's Children.
By thinking and acting
today with one's children in behalf of future generations, the
greed, selfishness and thirst to have it "my way"
often melts in favor of what is right for the grandchildren
and great grandchildren. When one looks into the future and
makes decisions about the safety and security of family members
a hundred years from now--three generations fold--a different
set of decision factors appear.
In a family
it is never to late (or to early to understand) communication
That's why adhering to
the Principles of Vigilance today will stave off the conflicts
with children in the future. If both parent and child are working
toward the future of the child's children, and their children,
and decisions are being made from that vista, odds are that
a child will want to stay with the family unit that is looking
out for his or her best interests rather than defy those suggestions
and strike out alone.
Most children who defy
parents subscribe to the belief: "My parents don't understand
me." By using the Principles of Vigilance as spelled out
in the Pledge of Vigilance below, children learn to see that
understanding is about communication. A child who thinks his
or her parents do not understand, simply are saying that he
or she believes the parents do not communicate, for if they
did, they would understand.
Right now, China is forcing
Taiwan to "understand."
Odds are, war not peace
In a family, it is never
too late to start to understand.
Vigilance is about that.
Start today. Take the
Pledge of Vigilance and avert future conflict.
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