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Is America is helping to build a new terrorist threat?

By Tom DeWeese
web posted December 10, 2001

The question has been asked many times, "How could the world have stood by and allowed Adolph Hitler to build his massive Nazi war machine that would eventually throw the world into chaos?"

Answer: The same way we are allowing it to happen today in communist China.

In fact, today's example may even be worse than that of Nazi Germany because, in the case of Red China, the United States is taking an active part in helping to build an avowed enemy; one that openly states its hatred of the United States. We know the Chinese are preparing for world domination, yet we continue to build their treasury by importing goods and supplying them with vital tools needed for weapons and defense systems they intend to use against us.

Why do we do this? The official government explanation is a confused strategy aimed at "westernizing" the Communists. The idea is that, if we feed their economy and create more consumer demand for goods and services, we will somehow create a new capitalist nation and ally.

Is it working? China has certainly become a world leader in exporting goods. Communist-government-owned businesses are sprouting up in countries all over the world. Communist Chinese businesses now control both ends of the Panama Canal. Chinese diplomats and "business" leaders are visiting countries all over South America, hoping to strengthen their influence in America's back yard.

They invest, they buy, and they grow richer and stronger by the day.

Are we "westernizing" the Communists? Are they learning to like us? The truth is they mock us. Like any con artist who sees his mark falling into his trap, the Red Chinese feel little more than contempt for what they consider to be an easy foe. As their contempt grows, so grows their boldness to act with less caution. The result leads toward a dangerous world.

Consider the following examples of growing Chinese boldness:

The Chinese make an international incident out of a collision with an American plane, which THEY caused. They took the plane and held the crew until they were satisfied that the U.S. had been sufficiently humbled. Our response? The Congress voted to grant the Chinese "permanent normal trade relations," a position the Chinese had to have in order to be awarded membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO). China won membership in November. A month earlier, The Washington Post reported that the US was thinking about waiving the sanctions imposed on China following the 1989 crackdown on Tiananmen Square demonstrators.

US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

For several years, according to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, China has pursued a massive buildup of strategic missile capability that has shown Beijing's "seriousness of purpose" in becoming a global power. Many of the missiles are aimed at Taiwan, a free-market nation the Communists call "terrorists," comparing them to Osama bin Laden.

Needless to say, the Chinese oppose the creation of a U.S. missile defense system that they say would "upset the international strategic balance of the past 50 years." Is this because they are planning to send some of their missiles our way?

Within twenty-four hours of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the Communist Chinese government had begun to produce books, films and video games glorifying the strikes as a humbling blow against an arrogant nation. According to The Washington Times, "Video discs filled with lurid images have flooded markets across (China) in the wake of the attacks. Disc after disc bears the imprimatur of the Communist Party-controlled media." Communist Party officials say President Jiang Zemin has obsessively watched and re-watched pictures of the aircraft crashing into the World Trade Center.

On the most popular government tape now selling briskly in China, rescue workers are shown picking through the rubble of the twin towers as the commentator proclaims that the city has reaped the consequences of decades of American bullying of weaker nations. "This is the America the whole world has wanted to see," he says, "Blood debts have been paid in blood." On another film the commentary goes on to say, "Look at the panic in their faces as they wipe off the dust and crawl out of their strong buildings, now just a heap of rubble. We will never fear these people again, they have been shown to be soft-bellied paper tigers."

The American response? The US has made the Chinese part of the coalition to fight terrorism, but the Chinese have been closely allied with every one of the regimes supporting terrorist organizations, not the least of which was the Taliban the US is in the process of destroying. On September 11th, the same day the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked, China signed a defense cooperation agreement with Taliban officials. China has been the largest foreign investor in Afghanistan while, at the same time, domestically seeking to suppress Islam because it poses a threat to their authoritarian regime.

To induce further Chinese cooperations, however, the Bush Administration is considering a waiver on sanctions barring the sale of military-related equipment. The sanctions deny the sale of spare parts for Black Hawk helicopters the US sold to China during the 1980's. According to The Washington Post, we are told this would make the Chinese "another weapon in the war on terrorism."

The United States is using a wrong-headed strategy with the Chinese that can only result in one outcome, a day of reckoning with China. If the strategy is not changed, if the U.S. government continues to build the strength of our enemy, then one day it will be the United States that faces the prospect of being "bombed back into the stone age."

A world dominated by the Communist Chinese is the most horrifying scenario one can imagine. Compared to them, Osama bin Laden is a pussycat.

Tom DeWeese is the publisher/editor of The DeWeese Report and president of the American Policy Center, a Warrenton, Virginia grass-roots think tank. The Center maintains an Internet site at

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