Masters Of War

Come you masters of war You that build all the guns You that build the death planes You that build all the bombs You that hide behind walls You that hide behind desks I just want you to know I can see through your masks. You that never done nothin' But build to destroy You play with my world Like it's your little toy You put a gun in my hand And you hide from my eyes And you turn and run farther When the fast bullets fly. Like Judas of old You lie and deceive A world war can be won You want me to believe But I see through your eyes And I see through your brain Like I see through the water That runs down my drain. You fasten all the triggers For the others to fire Then you set back and watch When the death count gets higher You hide in your mansion' As young people's blood Flows out of their bodies And is buried in the mud. You've thrown the worst fear That can ever be hurled Fear to bring children Into the world For threatening my baby Unborn and unnamed You ain't worth the blood That runs in your veins. How much do I know To talk out of turn You might say that I'm young You might say I'm unlearned But there's one thing I know Though I'm younger than you That even Jesus would never Forgive what you do. Let me ask you one question Is your money that good Will it buy you forgiveness Do you think that it could I think you will find When your death takes its toll All the money you made Will never buy back your soul. And I hope that you die And your death'll come soon I will follow your casket In the pale afternoon And I'll watch while you're lowered Down to your deathbed And I'll stand over your grave 'Til I'm sure that you're dead.------- Bob Dylan 1963

Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Woody Island fracas is not about Chinese missiles

The Woody Island fracas is not about Chinese missiles

...........................Suffice it to say, what the US can hope to achieve realistically will be to manage the competition with China from a position of strength, while avoiding confrontation and taking care not to give impressions of covert attempts to contain China.
China’s re-emergence is part of a historic transition. What is happening in Eurasia, Middle East and Asia-Pacific are actually analogous. The entente between Russia and China is providing both with the space to push back at the US hegemony.
The erosion of Euro-Atlantic authority, the growing irrelevance of the G7, the inability of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in setting policy agenda serving the West’s preferences or choices, the failure of the United States to prevent even its closest partners and allies from joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank – don’t these signposts, in the ultimate analysis, point in the same direction?......................

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