AFAIK wrote:I just find it interesting that people who can't stand China being a one party authoritarian state have no problem with the 50 other one party authoritarian states around the world. I find it curious that China is criticised for constructing artificial islands in the SCS whilst Vietnam's island constructions are ignored.
1. How many of these 50 authoritarian states are pro-West and how many of them are anti-West? In some sense those pro-West are more vulnerable as the West can dispose of them when they outlive their usefulness; anti-West ones are as wicked as China, but when the big bad is dead they can easily be disposed of (e.g. North Korea).
2. China is exactly accused of bullying states like Vietnam in the SCS dispute. The Vietgong is little if any better, true, but if the United States decides to make friends with the Vietgong then they bear the responsibility and consequences (like Iraq).
AFAIK wrote:and Britain's and USA's island theft is forgotten.
Fasces wrote:Meanwhile, Florida is registering the political opinions of its teachers and students, and banning thoughtcrime like CRT. It's hard to swallow the idea that this is an ideological clash of civilizations between good and evil that demands a new Cold War when there's little real difference between the oligarchic regime with a veneer of democracy and the oligarchic regime without it.
In Republican controlled states in the U.S. the people are both more willing and more capable of fighting it. Period.