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People's Daily, China

America Is Delusional

By Hailou Wang

Eduardo Galeano once said that wars are sold by lies. In that regard, the most effective salesman of all is none other than the president of the United States.

Translated By Bion Johnson

9 January 2013

Edited by Hana Livingston

China - People's Daily - Original Article (Chinese)

Delusion is a kind of brain disease. Those who suffer from it live in a world of their own thoughts — an uninterrupted fantasy. In serious cases, they falsely accuse others of wrongdoing.

The U.S. suffers from this malady. Every action and utterance from this patient is consistent with the disease, and it is not a minor case.

U.S. space experts claim that it may soon be possible for China to conduct anti-satellite testing. This is because China engaged in similar activities in 2007 and 2010. Over the last few months, the news has spread steadily through the U.S. Department of Defense and the intelligence community. Their worries indicate that China may have the ability to threaten American GPS satellites.

Their prediction of China’s next move is based on historical events. This makes the recent debunking of the Mayan prophecy quite regrettable. Had the Mayans delayed their doomsday forecast by a month or more, the current ridiculous prediction would be the one made by a few “scientifically minded” Americans.

It would seem that China need not answer to the U.S. for its testing activities. A modern sovereign state does not need foreign nations interfering in its internal affairs. As we all know, the superiority of the U.S. in space technology is uncontested. What country in the world could demand that the U.S. halt its research and development of peace-threatening weapons?

It is possible that the U.S. is not actually delusional. Perhaps the U.S. simply disguises its lies as delusion in order to avoid retribution when they are exposed. Uruguayan thinker Eduardo Galeano once said that wars are sold by lies. Some say that in that regard, the most effective salesman of all is none other than the president of the United States.

In August 1964, President Lyndon Johnson decided, on a whim, to claim that the Vietnamese attacked a U.S. warship in the Gulf of Tonkin. Thus, he found a reason to begin the Vietnam War. Years later, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara admitted the attack never happened.

In March 2003, George W. Bush fantasized that Iraq was preparing to use weapons of mass destruction. Thus, he found an excuse to carry out the Iraq War. Several years later, Bush confessed in his memoirs that the weapons never existed.

A similar strategy appears to be at play with the apparent disappearance of Iran’s peaceful use of nuclear energy, replaced by rumors of nuclear weapons. Rampant rumors of chemical weapons have also played a key role in the military stalemate in Syria.

Groundless lies can’t go long without being discovered. America judges, based on historical events, whether other countries pose a threat. Other countries will judge, based on America’s misdeeds, whether or not it lies.

Recently, the sickly U.S. has shifted the object of its delusions to China. As the world’s second largest economy, it’s inevitable that China will be suspected of hegemony. For a hegemon to rise, the path it walks and the hand that grasps its scepter must be awash with blood.

America's worries are actually the result of its deluded pretense. At its core, the U.S. seeks to maintain superiority across the board in order to realize long-term hegemony.

As a country of virtue and integrity, China has expressed in countless ways its determination to maintain peace in the world. The report from the 18th Party Congress clearly stated China’s commitment to “never seek hegemony and never engage in expansion.” In China, the people are of the greatest importance, thus our national agenda emphasizes addressing humanitarian concerns. Any speculation about China becoming a force of domination is merely the worries of a deluded hegemon.

A few points of emphasis: China has the right to peacefully utilize space technology — a right that it will never relinquish. Any attempt to obstruct or sabotage these activities will encounter resolute opposition. The U.S. occupies the role of global police, and now seeks to police space as well. I’m afraid it is not powerful enough to do so.



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