對「我們從俄烏戰爭中學到了什麼？ | 謝芷生」的一則回應
I’ve always wondered why the waisheng/mainlander Chinese supremacists hate “mei di" so much. It’s very puzzling to me. Yes, American foreign policy oftentimes is just as cynical/racist as any other western/authoritarian country’s, sometimes extremely so [e.g., Vietnam and South/central America], but in the case of China, going back to the end of the Qing dynasty, I’d have to say that American foreign policy as it’s implemented on the ground, generally shows pretty benign intentions. It’s an inconvenient truth, to the Chinese supremacists, that it was America that dropped the bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. even they have to admit that that was what decisively ended the war in the pacific theater. America never attempted to invade China; in fact, after the KMT lost and the CCP established itself in China, there was no serious discussion in the american foreign policy community of disturbing, much less challenging, the CCP regime in China [keeping in mind that America, or the CIA in particular, was pretty fond of regime change during the cold war.] More recently, it was America opening up its own domestic market to China that enabled China’s extraordinary “rise", and America took the initiative in doing that, in fact, not the other way around; in other words, China did not come to America as a supplicant, begging for access to its domestic economy [whereas Japan did]. America never regarded China with a full measure of respect, but I don’t think there was intense animosity, either. Closer to home, in Taiwan, during the entire cold war, it was America that was mainly responsible for propping up the waishengren KMT regime [our oppressors, btw]. This intense China hate now in fashion, in america, is of pretty recent vintage; I’d say it only started with Trump.
So, Chinese/waishengren unificationists: why the hate towards America?
Also, somebody has got to push back on this very false narrative in vogue now in western conservative circles that America somehow “seduced" Ukraine and the other eastern bloc countries into having NATO membership expectations, or at least, aspirations. And America apparently did this in bad faith, not ever really seriously planning on using force to protect NATO countries, but solely with the intent to encircle Russia only to humiliate them by reminding them that they “lost" the cold war. Apparently the author is parroting this view too, in this article.
Here’s what I have to say to that: nobody, not America, not Germany, not the UK, held a gun to the proverbial heads of these eastern bloc counties, including Ukraine, and said – you need to join NATO or we’ll destroy you. Each and every one of these countries joined, or wanted to join, NATO of their own volition. And the reason for that is NATO membership gives they some assurance that they won’t be re-integrated back into a neo-USSR ruled by Moscow. The eastern bloc countries are keenly aware that Russia has its own “unification" project, much like Chinese unification of Taiwan, and they want no part of that.
The point is that America didn’t do that much to entice or seduce, as it were, these countries into joining NATO – they were already trying to run away from a montrosity of a country whose aim is to devour them. You [the author] are giving way too much credit, or blame, to America for the expansion of NATO.
There is a huge difference between being seduced and being coerced. With the latter, the victim is blameless; With the former, not so much.