Sunday, February 09, 2020

Mike Pompeo: Chinese Communism is “the Central Threat of Our Times”


Mike Pompeo: Chinese Communism is “the Central Threat of Our Times”

By Julio Severo
U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo has rightly said that Chinese Communism is “the central threat of our times.” He had such conclusion after he saw that China is using capitalism to infiltrate the federal, state and local governments in the United States.
Pompeo said in a speech to the National Governors Association in Washington on February 8, 2020 that China is pursuing a policy of exploiting U.S. freedoms to “gain advantage over us at the federal level, the state level and the local level.” His language was strong: “The Chinese Communist Party presents the central threat of our times.”
His comments contrast with President Donald Trump’s more conciliatory language on China. On January, Trump called Chinese President Xi Jinping a “very, very good friend of mine” and said he planned to visit China in the not-too-distant future. He also visited China in 2017, in the first year of his administration. Trump also congratulated China’s communist revolution that killed millions of innocent Chinese.
To see a threat before its dangers are materialized is vision. To see a threat only after all its dangers are materialized is a lack of vision. Even though Pompeo’s assessment is correct, it fits the latter.
Not seeing the threat of Chinese communism, for decades administration after administration in the U.S., Democrats and Republicans, left-wingers and right-wingers, in a lesser or greater degree, gave China special commercial privileges, which helped thousands of U.S. companies to move to China, where labor is cheap.
The truth is that the U.S. used and abused Chinese labor for its own profits. In return, the Communist Party in China took advantage by profiting from these U.S. companies and Chinese labor to build the biggest communist army in the world. The U.S. government and its companies never cared about slave labor and persecution against Christians in China.
If the U.S. can use — and it really used — communist China for profit, why could not China use the U.S. capitalism for ideological profits?
Capitalism is not a moral tool. It can be a moral tool only if its handlers are moral people. There was a time in America, which is the largest Protestant and capitalist nation in the world, when capitalism and Protestant values walked hand in hand. Later, they divorced, and now the U.S. capitalism is at the mercy and whims of its materialistic, non-Protestant handlers, who do not care about the past marriage of capitalism and Protestantism in the U.S. history.
So, the U.S. handlers, without the original Protestant values, use and abuse capitalism any way they see fit. And China, with its communist values, also uses and abuses capitalism any way it sees fit. But the U.S. is not pleased with this.
Capitalism is sheer materialism. Conservative Protestantism is spiritual vision. Both the U.S. and China want capitalism, but no Protestantism leading capitalism.
For a lack of vision, in the 1970s the U.S. had the idea to turn China in a capitalist power to defeat the Soviet Union. The plan was successful: China actually became a capitalist power recognized by all. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, when visiting China in the 70th commemoration of its communist revolution, said, “I’m in a Capitalist Nation.”
China is a “Capitalist Nation Made in America” — made in an America that divorced capitalism from Protestantism.
The geopolitical plan of the U.S. was successful by turning China into a capitalist nation to defeat the Soviet Union. The problem is that the Soviet Union died in 1989, Russia has returned to its Christian Orthodox roots, and China has replaced the Soviet Union as “the central threat of our times.” That is, the U.S. plan in the end backfired miserably, because it had a materialist vision, but no Christian, no spiritual, no conservative Protestant vision.
China is not the first example of the U.S. funding communism. The birth of the Soviet Union was funded by American bankers, as discussed by Antony C. Sutton in his 1974 classical book “Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution: The Remarkable True Story of the American Capitalists Who Financed the Russian Communists.”
Later, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt greatly helped the Soviet war machine by giving military equipment and even food to the starving Soviet soldiers during the World War 2, according to General William T. Still in his book “New World Order: The Ancient Plan of Secret Societies.” Roosevelt’s plan generously gave Eastern Europe and Eastern Germany to Stalin.
No one helped, equipped, funded and fed the Soviet Union more than the U.S. government and U.S. capitalists did.
These are not the first U.S. plans to fail for lacking spiritual vision and prioritizing materialistic goals. To defeat the Soviet Union, the CIA trained its Saudi agent Osama bin Laden in the 1970s and gave him billions of dollars to found and fund al-Qaida. In the end, the Soviet Union died, and al-Qaida and bin Laden became the central threat to the U.S. The U.S. plan backfired.
The U.S. invested heavily in al-Qaida and did not perceive that such investment would be counterproductive. In fact, the U.S. has massively, especially in military terms, invested in Saudi Arabia, and what have Americans received? Saudi terrorists becoming the authors of the largest terrorist attack on U.S. soil in 9/11.
In 2011, to fulfill the U.S. plan to oust the Syrian president, the U.S. government and Saudi Arabia funded and armed Syrian rebels and ISIS. Thousands and thousands of Christians were martyred. In the end, the U.S. had to fight ISIS because, again, the solution became worse than the alleged problem. The U.S. plan backfired.
Even though the U.S. has many military bases in the Middle East, the Christian communities being martyred by ISIS received no help from the U.S. military forces, which were too busy protecting Saudi Arabia and its interests.
In spite of the hard lessons the U.S. was supposed to have learned — the spiritual, Christian, conservative Protestant vision is more important than materialistic plans —, the U.S. insists on seeing Saudi Arabia today in the same way it saw China in the past.
Does it take a big vision to see that the U.S. is creating another threatening monster? The hard lesson not learned is that the U.S. will only see the threat when it is too late.
By now, the U.S. government should be asking itself: “Why have our political and military plans backfired for decades?” The U.S. Founders, who read and valued the Bible, would have some helpful answers. For example, they would say, “Why spend trillions of dollars to maintain over 800 U.S. military bases around the world if our own borders have decrepit protection?”
So instead of saying that the Chinese Communism is “the central threat of our times,” Mike Pompeo should have said, “The U.S. made the Chinese communism the central threat of our times.”
There is a saying that the wise man learns from others’ wrongs. I have learned a lot from the current U.S. wrongs, even though I have learned many more positive lessons from the Protestant U.S. history.
The spiritual, Christian, conservative Protestant view that guided the U.S. Founders is hugely lacking in today’s U.S. domestic and foreign policy. Pompeo, who is an evangelical just as I am, should know it better than I do. He knows the Bible. In fact, on February 9, 2020 he tweeted a Bible verse on his personal Twitter account:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5
Is not this lack of vision? How can an evangelical love the Lord with all his heart, soul and strength and at the same time celebrate sodomy, which God calls abomination? God says in his Word:
“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” (Leviticus 18:22 ESV)
How can an evangelical with such mixed loyalties have a good vision to address political, geopolitical and military issues without the U.S. historical failures with the Soviet Union, China, Saudi Arabia, al-Qaida, ISIS and Osama bin Laden?
How can God bless a nation where even evangelicals in high government offices bless an abomination?
It is not only China that is exploiting U.S. freedoms to “gain advantage at the federal level, the state level and the local level.” Saudi Arabia has been doing it for decades for the sake of Islamic expansionism. The abortion industry has been doing it for decades profiting billions from the blood of unborn babies. The homosexual movement has been doing it for decades too in its aggressive predatory campaign against families and their children.
As an evangelical, Pompeo was supposed to have a larger vision for large problems.
The Chinese communism is the central threat of our times.
Legal abortion is the central threat of our times.
The homosexual agenda is the central threat of our times.
Islam is the central threat of our times.
To expose one threat and celebrate other two is not a Christian vision, for a normal Christian or a Christian in a high-profile government post.
With information from DailyMail and the Associated Press.
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