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I think most Tibetans don't consider themselves Chinese regardless of what the gov't of China scares them into saying.
9 hours, 29 minutes ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
The term "occupied" is a technical legal term. Israel disputes its validity regarding Judah and Samaria. But I won't discuss it further except to say that Judah and Samaria did not belong to any state since the end of the Ottoman empire. The area was illegally annexed by Jordan in 1950 who called it "West Bank." But before that, it never belonged to any Arab state and certainly was never an independent entity at any time in history unlike Tibet which once had an empire.
9 hours, 30 minutes ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
Tibet is occupied, but since China has a permanent seat in the UN, there is nothing anyone can do about it. But the Dalai Lama does not concede it is an integral part of China, but nevertheless only sought greater autonomy, as the Kurds have. As the Palestinian Arabs have in the West Bank and Gaza.
And Israel has always stated it is willing to negotiate the final status, but the Arabs do not recognize Israel as the Jewish state. It's like Tibetans not recognizing China as the state of the Chinese people, while seeking recognition for Tibet as the homeland of the Tibetan people.
9 hours, 37 minutes ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
I won't quibble. Merriam-Webster defines it as follows:
Definition of HEGEMONY
1 : preponderant influence or authority over others : domination <battled for hegemony in Asia>
2 : the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group
10 hours, 6 minutes ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
There was no hegemony. Everyone wanted a piece of the Chinese market, and tried to open it. "Spheres of influence." IN fact, the US argued for an "Open Door" policy that would protect the Chinese government::
"China continued to be divided up into these spheres until the United States, which had no sphere of influence, grew alarmed at the possibility of its businessmen being excluded from Chinese markets. In 1899, Secretary of State John Hay asked the major powers to agree to a policy of equal trading privileges. In 1900, several powers agreed to the U.S.-backed scheme, giving rise to the "Open Door" policy, denoting freedom of commercial access and non-annexation of Chinese territory. In any event, it was in the European powers' interest to have a weak but independent Chinese government. The privileges of the Europeans in China were guaranteed in the form of treaties with the Qing government. In the event that the Qing government totally collapsed, each power risked losing the privileges that it already had negotiated."
11 hours, 59 minutes ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
Oh, lots of people would like to have a state of their own. Do you think we Jews were happy not to have our homeland for 2000 years? Do you think it was somehow our natural state to wander the earth like Roma (gypsies) who claim no homeland of their own? I have no sympathy for these so-called "Palestinians" because they had every opportunity from day one to cooperate with the Jews and with the League of Nations which mandated the right of the Jews to return to their homeland.
And how would 9 million Jews in 1917 have known that half a million Arabs would turn into 12 million "Palestinians" within less than a century? Today there are only 13.4 million Jews, an increase of only 50% since WWI whereas the Arab "Palestinians" have increased by 1,000% in the same time period???
And we had no "dream" of a two state "solution." But we were reluctantly prepared as far back as 1937 to negotiate a territorial compromise, but the other side believed, as it still does, that time and numbers is on their side and eventually they will win it all back. That is why they refuse to accept Israel as the Jewish national state. Because they believe that through demography, delegitimization, and deceit that eventually they will have all of "Palestine" back some day. As long as they believe that, they will not get their state. At least no west of the Jordan river anyway. Maybe in eastern Palestine, the Hashemite king will be deposed or abdicate and then Jordan, which is 60% Palestinian right now, will become their state. That's why don't overthrow him, because they know that without the Hashemite king, the country becomes a Palestinian state, and then how can they then claim two?
12 hours, 59 minutes ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
True. But there is no question that Ho was a Communist educated in the USSR who parachuted into Indochina in 1938 by the Comintern. Of course, all nationalists and anticolonialists had sought the support of the new Soviet Union after WWI when the League of Nations did not de-colonialize as had been hoped. It wasn't that the US wanted a return of the French, but feared the march of Communism.
14 hours, 12 minutes ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
14 hours, 22 minutes ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
The US never had any "hegemony" in Asia. America came to Asia in the 1850s only to do business, and not take any land, Philippines excepted under Teddy Roosevelt. And they got their independence too. By and large, the Americans who came to Asia were mostly do-gooder missionaries before WWII. Or teachers and social workers like Margaret Meade, for example.
14 hours, 28 minutes ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
How were they living before the Zionist Jews returned? In fact, under democratic Jewish rule, Israel's Arabs achieved the highest and freest standard of living compared to all the Arab countries except the dirty oil rich ones.
As for the Arabs living in Gaza, their terrorist leaders chose a path that leads only to poverty. I lived in Beersheba and worked outside Sderot in the early and mid-1980s, before the first intifada, and tens of thousands of Gazans came into Israel every day, to work, to get free health care, and were paid quite well! They never had it so good in all of history. But then the PLO and later Hamas mislead and destroyed them by making uprisings and wars. But even so, Gaza has lower food prices today than most Egyptians pay in Egypt!
As for poverty, there are plenty of poor Jews in Israel. Poor people in America too. It had nothing to do with Israel. Israel is the best thing that happened to the Arabs until the terrorists were allowed to come in and takeover when Israel withdrew from Gaza.
Anyhow, the Arabs can self-identify themselves any way they want, but tiny Israel is Jewish land, the homeland of the Jewish nation. Nothing can change that ever again.
14 hours, 32 minutes ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
Mao starved as many Chinese as Stalin murdered Ukrainians and others in the USSR. Yes, Mussolini made the railroads run on time. Hitler build the autobahns. Stalin and Mao built powerful but impoverished countries. Communism is a GREAT failure. We Americans warned you that Communism would fail, and it did. That's just a fact. And today, Vietnam looks to the US for investments and for protection as well. American values WIN IN THE END!
14 hours, 47 minutes ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
Well, about 25% of Israeli citizens are not Jews. But you must understand, Jews are a tribe, not just a religious group. Today, 40% of "Indian" tribes in North America are of mixed heritage, after only 2 centuries or so of contact with Europeans and Africans.
And "Palestinians" have not been oppressed EVER by Jews. This is just ARab lies. In fact, 1.2 million "Palestinians" have grown into 12 million (ten times) in a mere 65 years. Hardly what I would call oppression. The only oppression they have suffered is at the hands of other Arabs who have refused to assimilate them, nor give them citizenship or working rights in other Arab countries. The MYTHOLOGY of Jews oppressing the so-called "Palestinians" is just another blood libel, like Jews drinking Christian blood, etc. One can come to Israel and see Arabs on the Supreme Court, and in the Parliament, mayors, judges, at every level of Israeli society.
14 hours, 51 minutes ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
I haven't eaten a Big Mac nor drank a Coke in years. Nobody is coming after me for not doing so.
15 hours, 4 minutes ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
Hebrew is the only remaining Canaanite language in the world. The Philstines were pork-eating Myceneans who came by sea and in 722 BC were completely lost to history. Incidentally, the Canaanites only came after 3000 BC, so they were not indigenous either. Most probably, most Israelites were actually Canaanites who decided to follow YHWH.
15 hours, 5 minutes ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
People are people everywhere.
15 hours, 8 minutes ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
@ctimur @LawStudent @zheng_he
Jews have assimilated to one extent or another, but many choose to remain Jews. Today Israel has 44% of the Jews in the world, whereas 100 years ago it had almost 0%. Many Jews will continue to assimilate and have non-Jewish children, but others will not, and among them, some will return to their ancestral homeland in Israel. And that's okay. Israel is a very tiny country. For me, if Israel became like Switzerland or Sweden, that would be just fine. What the country needs is peace and not to be constantly attacked.
15 hours, 9 minutes ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
Mao, Stalin, Ho Chi Minh, all ruthless murderers who fooled and killed their own people. I'm not saying Chaing Kai Shek was that much better ,but if China had remained a capitalist country after WWII, with US support, it would not have lost over 30 years under communism.
15 hours, 14 minutes ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
@ctimur @Tikitonko @LordHalston
Jimmy Carter made it happen! We had no trade with China until 1979 when China finally started to go capitalist. We had no investments in China. The Europeans were investing in China and we were actually late in coming. Yes we helped build up Asian competitors, because we believe that economic competition is healthy in the long run for everybody, unless you choose not to compete. Once China's middle class reaches a certain point, democracy will eventually follow. Most of America's problems are internal, such as a low birthrate for example.
15 hours, 16 minutes ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
Nonsense. YOu have never lived in a totalitarian state. Democracy is the only thing worth fighting for. The US has taken nothing from nobody in the last 100 years! We did not steal or loot one bucket of oil from Iraq. China today is what it is because we brought down Communism, forcing them to switch to capitalism. The US is far from perfect, but it is still the greatest country and hope for mankind on this planet. All the Chinese wish they could come here. They pray their kids could come here. People like you are fools and ingrates.
15 hours, 23 minutes ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
I know. Many Chinese and INdian Jews now live in Israel. They never faced persecutions in those countries as they did in Christian and Muslim lands. Nonetheless, many chose to come "home."
19 hours, 2 minutes ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy