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Message 1221735 - Posted: 22 Apr 2012, 16:51:47 UTC - in response to Message 1221731.
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but we have a moral duty in doing so to ensure that the country will not be significantly worse off by that move.

Ah, the White Man's Burden. What a pile of crock. If they choose to be tribal and have tribal warfare, why is it your concern?

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.


Tell that to the President of the United States of America....he would be most interested.
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Message 1221745 - Posted: 22 Apr 2012, 18:00:45 UTC - in response to Message 1221666.

Figured it might -- your originating post suggested implied there was 'good colonialism' while you've been quite demonstrative about 'bad colonialism'.

Perhaps all this bad stuff happened in China when we stopped Japan from taking over there.




@Barryz, thanks for giving me a good chuckle....made my day...:)


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Message 1221803 - Posted: 22 Apr 2012, 20:36:34 UTC - in response to Message 1221745.

Figured it might -- your originating post suggested implied there was 'good colonialism' while you've been quite demonstrative about 'bad colonialism'.

Perhaps all this bad stuff happened in China when we stopped Japan from taking over there.


I'm gonna have to post more clearly. What I meant was that while US Forces were in Subic Bay, China still moaned about the South China Sea & Taiwan, but that's all it was moaning. Now no main base for US Forces....they're trying to become the "colonial power" in the area (put quotes in as not sure if it would be read as intended).


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Message 1221815 - Posted: 22 Apr 2012, 21:30:23 UTC - in response to Message 1221803.

Figured it might -- your originating post suggested implied there was 'good colonialism' while you've been quite demonstrative about 'bad colonialism'.

Perhaps all this bad stuff happened in China when we stopped Japan from taking over there.


I'm gonna have to post more clearly. What I meant was that while US Forces were in Subic Bay, China still moaned about the South China Sea & Taiwan, but that's all it was moaning. Now no main base for US Forces....they're trying to become the "colonial power" in the area (put quotes in as not sure if it would be read as intended).



Could be a case here of China trying to run before it's learnt to walk.



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Message 1221831 - Posted: 22 Apr 2012, 22:03:24 UTC - in response to Message 1221815.



Could be a case here of China trying to run before it's learnt to walk.



That may be the case, but for every 100 females born there is 120 males born & with a population of over 1 billion, the Korean War has shown just how much the Chinese leadership cares about their people.

They can afford to lose several million in combat, but can whoever fights them?

That is the question! The west currently have too many pussyfooting lilywhites in power, so based on that alone...China wins hands down.

Scary thought isn't it.....
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Message 1221841 - Posted: 22 Apr 2012, 22:18:24 UTC

The west currently have too many pussyfooting lilywhites in power,


shirt tails .....

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Message 1221843 - Posted: 22 Apr 2012, 22:19:39 UTC - in response to Message 1221831.
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Could be a case here of China trying to run before it's learnt to walk.



That may be the case, but for every 100 females born there is 120 males born & with a population of over 1 billion, the Korean War has shown just how much the Chinese leadership cares about their people.

They can afford to lose several million in combat, but can whoever fights them?

That is the question! The west currently have too many pussyfooting lilywhites in power, so based on that alone...China wins hands down.

Scary thought isn't it.....


Not at all Sirius, sounds to me like too many people to have to control during
a war. Plus most will be required to be at home, in the factories or on the farms,
producing to supply the war effort. On the home front then they will need
to keep a massive army afield to keep the Russians at bay, that's if the
Russians were to get involved, that is.
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Message 1221846 - Posted: 22 Apr 2012, 22:21:37 UTC - in response to Message 1221841.

The west currently have too many pussyfooting lilywhites in power,


shirt tails .....



no comments on the rest of the post? & just what does shirt tails imply as I can't see the reference.
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Message 1221856 - Posted: 22 Apr 2012, 22:35:43 UTC

no comments on the rest of the post? & just what does shirt tails imply as I can't see the reference.


No FT, no comment...


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Message 1221983 - Posted: 23 Apr 2012, 1:58:13 UTC - in response to Message 1221803.

Sirius, nope I understood what you meant, I just playing there. The thing is, 20 or 30 years ago, the relative economic and military power between China and the US was quite a bit different than it is today, and frankly, that has NOTHING to do with the withdrawal from Subic Bay.

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I'm gonna have to post more clearly. What I meant was that while US Forces were in Subic Bay, China still moaned about the South China Sea & Taiwan, but that's all it was moaning. Now no main base for US Forces....they're trying to become the "colonial power" in the area (put quotes in as not sure if it would be read as intended).

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Message 1221984 - Posted: 23 Apr 2012, 2:00:11 UTC - in response to Message 1221831.

There you go again, Churchill felt the UK had too many pussyfooting lilywhites in power during the 30's relative to India, and for that matter, he operated under constraints relative to Ireland during WW II.




That is the question! The west currently have too many pussyfooting lilywhites in power, so based on that alone...China wins hands down.

Scary thought isn't it.....

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Message 1221991 - Posted: 23 Apr 2012, 2:07:48 UTC - in response to Message 1221984.
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On this one, that's because it was pointed out to him that his views/actions would alienate the several 100,000 Irish troops currently serving in the Forces during that conflict, which at that time, they were sorely needed.

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Message 1222078 - Posted: 23 Apr 2012, 7:03:32 UTC - in response to Message 1221831.

They can afford to lose several million in combat, but can whoever fights them?... Scary thought isn't it.....

Exactly. That's why I worry and why I think anyone should...

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Message 1222082 - Posted: 23 Apr 2012, 7:26:09 UTC - in response to Message 1221991.

Early on -- 1939 to mid 1941, Churchill was really bothered that the Irish would not allow the British to have both air stations and port support to reduce the U boat threat. He felt that the Irish ought to have been at least a trifle supportive against Hitler. As to the hundreds of thousands of Irish troops - are you talking of Irish-Americans, or Irish British citizens here? As I understand, Ireland remained neutral during WW II. Some fair number of Irish from Northern Ireland and for that matter Irish citizens who were in the UK (many looking for work since unemployment was quite high in Ireland during the war) did end up in the British Army (though none as organized Irish units).


On this one, that's because it was pointed out to him that his views/actions would alienate the several 100,000 Irish troops currently serving in the Forces during that conflict, which at that time, they were sorely needed.

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Message 1222100 - Posted: 23 Apr 2012, 9:23:59 UTC

The west currently have too many pussyfooting lilywhites in power,

shirt tails .....

no comments on the rest of the post? & just what does shirt tails imply as I can't see the reference.


The shirt tail reference was to you showing your oft quoted dislike for anyone in authority. As for the Chinese millions, just because they have a large population doesn't mean that they would or need to sacrifice large numbers of soldiers in a conflict. The days of WWI canon fodder are gone.

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Message 1222101 - Posted: 23 Apr 2012, 9:45:50 UTC - in response to Message 1222100.


The shirt tail reference was to you showing your oft quoted dislike for anyone in authority. As for the Chinese millions, just because they have a large population doesn't mean that they would or need to sacrifice large numbers of soldiers in a conflict. The days of WWI canon fodder are gone.



I've stated previously, "never take the book by its cover". you have shown you do & you continue to do so.

It looks like the "whistleblower" is still disliked & many attempt to "label" one. I do not dislike authority for had I done so, or even shown that tendency, I do not think I would have survived in the Army or working on the trains as in both organisations, one is saturated with authority.

As for your comment regarding "cannon fodder" that is very true. Unfortunately it is only true for the West. The East have a different mindset with regards to life, & it's one which has always been misunderstood by the West.

@BarryZ The same can then be said for, Portugual, Spain, Switzerland. The number of troops I quoted was for both sides of Ireland. Many in the South disagreed with DeValera & thought, had Hitler won, he would've moved on Ireland which was ideally positioned as an Atlantic Base.
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Message 1222126 - Posted: 23 Apr 2012, 11:14:42 UTC

I've stated previously, "never take the book by its cover". you have shown you do & you continue to do so.

I have to say that a number of your posts over the last w/e have shown a refreshing change of direction, so I'll now pay more attention to the flyleaf :-)

It looks like the "whistleblower" is still disliked & many attempt to "label" one.

At school we called them snitches or tell-tales. But when it comes to unsafe or illegal working practices, it can sometimes be a hard choice between a moral duty and the probable loss of a job. In the case of a matter of public interest, ones anonymity will not always be possible.

I do not dislike authority for had I done so, or even shown that tendency, I do not think I would have survived in the Army or working on the trains as in both organisations, one is saturated with authority.

I have a rough idea of your age group, therefore it is fair to assume that you joined the Army of your own volition rather than through National Service. In which case you would have been well aware beforehand, of the necessary discipline that is required in the armed services. There is also a much higher level of rules and regulations when working within the public transport sector, to ensure public safety, which again I am sure you accepted.

As for your comment regarding "cannon fodder" that is very true. Unfortunately it is only true for the West. The East have a different mindset with regards to life, & it's one which has always been misunderstood by the West.

I think the West do understand it, we just think it's wrong and don't agree with it. Specifically though, we do find it hard to understand the mindset of the Kamikaze pilots of WWII for instance. Being prepared to go to war, and if necessary, die for your country is one thing, but to effectively commit suicide is quite another.

You and I have a history of friendly jibes, so I hope you didn't take my post as a personal poke. I'm quite happy to ruffle your feathers from time to time, but I'm not trying to knock you off your perch :-)


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Message 1222127 - Posted: 23 Apr 2012, 11:17:41 UTC - in response to Message 1221983.

Sirius, nope I understood what you meant, I just playing there. The thing is, 20 or 30 years ago, the relative economic and military power between China and the US was quite a bit different than it is today, and frankly, that has NOTHING to do with the withdrawal from Subic Bay.


Without using google or the surfer's friend the Wiki, I do not know the reason why US Forces pulled out of the Philippines.

I'm just stating that as there is no permanent base in the region, it leaves the door open for China, as having a US Fleet in the South China sea is ok, but if tensions rose to the point where your forces went to defcon 2 or even to defcon 1, where will that fleets replentishment come from?
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Message 1222246 - Posted: 23 Apr 2012, 17:11:49 UTC - in response to Message 1222126.
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No problem whatsoever Chris. It's all a matter of checks & counter-checks. If they were not needed, then mods here, lawyers, judges etc etc etc would never be required.

However, we are not perfect so all of us need others to keep the balance - so to speak.

I'd be pretty annoyed if no one ruffled my feathers every so often for the simple fact is, if no ruffling, it can lead to a person thinking that they are always right - that can become dangerous... so carry on ruffling.

Which brings us back on topic.... the Eastern mindset with regards to life is totally different & they dislike being told so....that is a problem when two dissimilar mindsets clash on the international stage.
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Message 1222249 - Posted: 23 Apr 2012, 17:15:45 UTC - in response to Message 1222100.

Well, at least for the Chinese, you'd need to push the WW I reference up to at least the Korean War as the Chinese used massed wave attacks then.




As for the Chinese millions, just because they have a large population doesn't mean that they would or need to sacrifice large numbers of soldiers in a conflict. The days of WWI canon fodder are gone.


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