Fate turned on June 11, 1963, when the Vietnamese Buddhist monk, upright in yellow robes, burned himself to death at a busy Saigon intersection. But our first relevant contention with the East came when the British sank five Chinese junks in the Opium Wars in the 1830s.
Today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton carries the flag in the continuing events and has come to her moment of crisis: Gunboat diplomacy, toe to toe with her equal and opposite counterpart: North Korea’s Kim Jong-il. The Dear Leader and America’s own Dowager Empress. Not since Godzilla challenged Mothra has there been such a clash of the titans.
Every great leader finds the dark double: Churchill/Hitler, Roosevelt/Stalin, Napoleon/Duke of Wellington. The Hindus say you share a room with him in heaven. Hillary has found hers: South Korea’s Kim Jong-il.
How much they have in common. They made their way through family connection. They have a cult followings. Their legacies have been riddled with corruption from the very beginning. They sympathized with totalitarian ideology and studied Marx in their youth — Hillary wrote her senior thesis on Alinsky during the social revolution ( ‘ . . . chicks up front!”) of the '60s. They see the world as masses, not peoples. They won’t go away.
The world today resembles the yin/yang symbol with the river line between dividing North Korea from South Korea. The North, proxy agent for China, just to the left. The South, proxy agent for the United States over to the right. And there this weekend in the jewel heart at the center, the DMZ, Hillary and Kim Jong-il send their best people.
Hillary’s closest Democratic agents advise her — I have heard them — that America would be in a better place in these wars if we had a draft. It would be more democratic. Everyone would share the burden, the blame and responsibility. It would unite America. It would be just like the Roosevelt era, with Fred and Ginger dancing in top hat and tails. And they will need a draft to war again in Asia. The pathology beneath this thinking and the willingness of people to accept it challenges the legitimacy of our political process. Challenges the rational mind. It is inherently totalitarian and sociopathic.
But here is where Hillary is different from Obama. Obama is normal. There is now and always has been with the Clintons and their generation of followers, something corrupt and fundamentally unstable. It manifests in allowing the suggestion of war in Asia to even surface. But Obama could conceivable help; he could even turn this ship around.
With gunboats in the South China Sea and soldiers into the Punjab, we trail mindlessly in England’s fateful shadow. And every day in every way, Ron Paul, who served as a military officer in the war begun in Western eyes when that yellow-robed monk heroically took his life, makes more sense.
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