|China has an inside
hand when playing poker with the U.S. At least, it appears
there is an information "mole" burrowed deep in China's view of U.S.
military action against Iraq. Find out how much they know about
our next moves, and how they are watching us and reporting our moves
to the People's Daily News.
16, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 491
China's Beast Of Terror Purrs
Watching U.S. Prepare For War
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, Jan. 16- It was chilling this morning to read China's newspaper,
Daily, and find a list of U.S. troop and arms movements being
deployed in preparation for war against Iraq.
It seemed I was reading a U.S.
intelligence report, something that might be kept in a locked safe in
Donald Rumsfeld's office marked "Top Secret."
What was interesting about the
presented below, was that it included ship movements and details about
the execution of strategic war plans that I didn't think I'd find as a
lead story in a communist China's leading news organ.
It made me wonder how "secret"
anything is about war these days.
The lack of secrecy surprised
me about the People's Daily. The Chinese seem to have more
access to, or at least make public, sensitive war-planning
information than the New York Times.
If I were Saddam Hussein, all I would have to do is
click on the Internet and dial up China's paper to see what I was
facing and how I might escape or defend myself against the forces
massing around my borders.
The concept of war
itself has changed dramatically in the 21st Century from the days when
a nation's plans were kept under lock and key, with secret couriers
slipping here and there in the shadows, passing intelligence from one
secure hand to another so that the enemy might not know what or when
to expect an attack. Surprise, the first key to all war
strategies, seems to have been lost in today's War on Terrorism.
All a Terrorist has to do is tune in CNN to find out what the next
move will be against him.
Public debate over the
tactical elements of war has replaced secrecy. Instead of
confirming actions with allies in closeted war rooms, we seek the global public opinion
barometer as our endorsement to proceed. I wonder what George S.
Patton would think of it all.
|Bush says the
U.S. is ready for war if it is necessary
as I am writing this, the United Nations is pressing toward a second vote on Iraq to
affirm or deny violations of the weapons disclosure mandate.
The U.N. wishes to act as the jury in sentencing. It
wants the right to either issue the death warrant or life in prison
for Hussein. If the U.N. has its way, the United
States will bend to its will and not act unilaterally. The U.N.
doesn't want Clint Eastwood cleaning up Dodge City, the U.N. wants to
do it by committee, appeasing everyone through a "process" rather than
The United States and its
limited allies, however, are poised for battle with or without U.N. sanction.
Terrorism is not a negotiating enemy. It needs to be
punished with "spare the rod spoil the child," ferocity that America
has vowed to grant all Terrorists and any nation which harbors or
supports them. Attacking Iraq, the U.S. claims, sends a
message to all Terrorist-allied nations that the penalty will fit the
crime, plus, plus plus.
At least, that's what
China's People's Daily makes clear. It reveals a
massive posture of U.S. forces hawkishly roosting on the Iraqi borders
about to swoop down. Below is an excerpt
from today's edition of the People's Daily regarding U.S. and
allied troop movements and buildups. It reads to me like a
internal report from the Chinese
intelligence gathering systems.
From People's Daily, January
150,000 US and British Sea, Land and Air Forces Press on to the
After US Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld signed an order to
send 35,000-strong reinforcements to the Gulf area on January
10, on the following day he again ordered to dispatch another
27,000 men to the region, that was the second deployment order
issued by the United States within 24 hours, indicating that
troop-massing work relating to US projected military attacks on
Iraq is being stepped up. These army men come from various
services, including those from army, navy, and air force as well
as from marine corps. They include two amphibious operational
task forces composed of 7,000 marine corps soldiers. The United
States has by far deployed nearly 150,000 troops in the Gulf
The United States will soon continue to send additional B-1
strategic bombers, C-5 heavy transport planes, and an indefinite
number of "patriot" anti-ballistic missile companies. In
addition, large batches of heavy military vehicles and other
materials of the US military have begun to set out from a US
military base in Germany to the Gulf area. On the morning of
January 9, a US military base in the east of Bavaria Land,
Germany, 500 military-use tractors, cranes, bulldozers, trucks
as well as other heavy-duty machines used in building roads,
bridges and military structures were loaded in the trailer of a
250-coaches train which was heading for the Gulf. A US defense
officer said that 200,000 troops would have been deployed in the
Gulf by mid-February.
A British royal aircraft carrier left the Portsmouth navy base
for the Gulf area on January 11, this is the biggest deployment
of British navy over the past two decades. The entire fleet
includes one submarine, one cruiser, one destroyer and two
supply vessels. The fleet is equipped with a submarine with the
ability to launch cruise missiles. During his visit to the
United States, Canadian defense minister indicated on January 10
that if the United Nations disagrees with attacking Iraq, Canada
will consider joining US military actions against Iraq. The
Australian government indicated that the special troops'
holidays had all been cancelled and had got everything ready to
be dispatched to the front of Iraq.
I have to
admit this information might possibly have been spattered over every
newspaper in the world and I just didn't notice it. I might be
super sensitive to the fact China is reporting it, and my Cold War
paranoia may still be clinging to my Right Wing inner self. I
just be wary of anything that comes from behind the Bamboo Curtain,
and look at it with jaundiced eye.
But putting that prejudice to the
side for a moment, it strikes me as odd that every movement the U.S.
makes worms its way into headlines and commentary of China's papers almost before it
It makes me wonder if the war against
Terrorism is about who can grunt and groan the most, sound most
bellicose, threaten and bully the opposition with the most sword
rattling. It might make me think the War on Terrorism is a war
based on the headlines screaming in Pravda (Russia's paper) or
the People's Daily.
sent to the Persian Gulf
Today, the New York Times reported
that the U.S. is sending 600 troops and antimissile systems to defend
Israel if Iraq counter attacks when America storms Iraq's borders.
The presence of U.S. support in Israel is designed to keep Israel from
launching its own retaliation against Iraq if Hussein launches SCUD
missiles at the Israelis.
The U.S. Patriot antimissile systems,
supported by an Aegis air defense cruiser, will track enemy missiles
and attempt to blow them up before impact, limiting and hopefully
stopping Israel from launching its own retaliation, which, according
to Mid East specialists, could suggest the U.S. is fighting a war
against Islam on behalf of Israel, rather than trying to dethrone a
dictator who seeks nuclear might.
Without question, the
Sentinels of Vigilance are massing around Iraq while the Beasts of
Terror are watching and reporting their movements. Some of the
great observers of what is happening in Iraq are armed to the teeth
with nuclear weapons, and probably biochemical weapons.
They are watching what the U.S. does, wondering if it will turn on
them and want to expose their secret vaults where bacteria are grown,
and examine its stockpile of nuclear weapons.
China is not an American ally in many
ways. China ultimately is the greatest of all threats to world peace,
for its size and army and nuclear capacity is vast, and its hunger to
consume large chunks of real estate and amass economic power is
endless. If any nation wanted to show its power of command,
China need only belch and its breath alone would smash down legions
standing in its way.
shudders when the Chinese Beast of Terror roars
It is not
surprise then that China offers the world a
microscopic view of America's positioning, and through its newspapers,
illustrates its "thumb-on-screw" attention to American and Allied
details of war preparation. It is as though a
message of "perspicuity" were being sent to all who read its
paper--"We Know What You're Doing!" This
message is also a cloaked warning to let the West know it is being
watched by the most secretive nation in the world.
Beast's purr attempts to fool the world
China is a Terrorist nation. It still kills its
babies, restricting families to certain sizes. It
rules with an iron fist not stuck in a silk glove.
It is a bellicose Beast of Terror that when it roars,
the world shudders. Right now it is
purring like Lewis Carroll's Cheshire Cat, smiling as
it reports to the world every minute detail of America's
chess game with Iraq.
all the time, China may be sharpening its fangs, ready
to move its power and might against any who threaten it,
or, more practicably, to expand its empire over others.
My instincts wonder if we are watching the Beast of Terror
watching us. Is the cobra watching the lion fight
the bear, and when the lion tires, slip through the grass
Will China one day learn from what we are doing how to
Terrorize the East and take what it wants as we talk about
defending ourselves from its hunger for power?
Time will tell.
But I can hear the growl of the Beast. It
is disguised as a purr.
But we don't have to sit back and wait for China to grow
stronger. We can defend ourselves by becoming Citizens
of Vigilance, and urging others around the world to join
us as a Global Vigilance Community. We can reach
into China's heart--those of the parents, grandparents,
cousins, uncles and aunts, and ask them to take the Pledge
of Vigilance also. If we fight for Vigilance, we
can defeat Terrorism where it starts, in our own backyards.
But if we are Complacent at home, what can we expect abroad?
Take the Pledge of Global Vigilance today. Don't
wait until the purr turns into a roar.
15 -- Sleeping With The Beast Of Terror
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