Monday, November 13, 2006

China's chest thumping

China is doing a little chest-thumping:

A Chinese submarine stalked a U.S. aircraft carrier battle group in the Pacific last month and surfaced within firing range of its torpedoes and missiles before being detected, The Washington Times has learned.
The surprise encounter highlights China's continuing efforts to prepare for a future conflict with the U.S., despite Pentagon efforts to try to boost relations with Beijing's communist-ruled military.
I'm not particularly afraid, but this doesn't exactly please me. I'll go ahead and tally this up with the rest of the world, including Iran and North Korea, realizing that we're not the ultimate power any more.

Unfortunately, the era of peace that followed World War II wasn't because anyone learned any lessons or anything cute like that. The people who were willing to wage war were simply unable to do so. The world economy has now recovered enough that people are eying each other's farms again, rather than tending to their own.

Perhaps I've been reading too much WWII history, but some of the politics and circumstances are starting to look awfully similar to the 1930s to me....