Last week President George W. Bush spoke of defending democratic
Taiwan against communist China. Many Americans, including a prominent
“conservative” talk radio host (with the initials M.G.), were unhappy with
President Bush’s statement. It seems they are afraid that their sons will be
drafted and sent to fight on some distant island.
Such sentiments deserve contradiction. In East Asia we are dealing
with communist countries, whose leaders have pledged themselves to our
destruction. It is foolish to think that Beijing will stop with Taiwan and
suddenly become peaceably satisfied. The communists will continue to devour
their neighbors until the Pacific Ocean is a Chinese lake. In the end, they
will enter the Western Hemisphere with troops and missiles. (Why else have
they positioned themselves at the Panama Canal?)
Those who do not understand the communist mind, who do not credit
Chinese ambitions, have much to learn. Having lost their nerve at the
outset, they unthinkingly commit themselves to cowardly retreat. Future
consequences do not register on their radar. Let the Chinese swallow Taiwan,
they mutter. Let them swallow East Asia. At least my son won’t have to die
on a distant battlefield.
Why die on a distant battlefield when we can all die right here, at
home, surrounded and blockaded by a communist-dominated world? (It should be
remembered that Lenin and his disciples talked of this future possibility.)
The peace we have enjoyed for so many decades, and the prosperity that
came with it, is based on a policy of defending our country at a distance.
America relies on a system of alliances and overseas bases that has kept our
communist enemies at bay for over half a century.
Far from putting our children in danger, President Bush’s statement
about defending Taiwan makes our country more secure. By promising to aid
the cause of Chinese democracy on Taiwan, President Bush effectively adds
Taiwan’s military strength to our own. With a few words of support, our
president has strengthened the resolve of allied forces throughout Asia. In
doing this he reduces the risk to U.S. soldiers.
For that matter, every weapon sold to Taiwan bolsters our own defense.
Such sales also help our trade deficit. In other words, we increase our own
security while improving our economic position. By placing our defensive
line in the Western Pacific, we are in a better position to make Hawaii and
California safe. By making common cause with South Korea, Japan and Taiwan,
we add millions of troops and reserves to our side. With advanced bases in
Northeast Asia we put the Chinese dragon at a disadvantage.
Many Americans, blinded by liberal propaganda and market hedonism,
foolishly imagine that President Bush has provoked China. They imagine that
he has set us on a collision course with the world’s most populous country.
But this sort of thinking is wrong. The world’s communist countries are
already on a collision course with America. This has to be understood. If
we unite with other countries we increase our strength and build an
insurmountable barrier to aggression. In doing this we do not provoke a war.
Instead, we prevent war from breaking out.
Many Americans do not understand the basics of strategy. They have
become fearful and shortsighted. They imagine their sons dying on some Asian battlefield. They think that drawing a firm line against
aggression will provoke the aggressor. But history shows it is a weak and
wavering stance that invites attack. Americans should consider the words of
Gen. Thomas A. Lane, who once denounced the idea of appeasement and retreat
in East Asia. “We must recognize,” wrote Lane, “that negotiation [with the
communists] is a political fraud against the American people; that only a
policy of honest confrontation with the Communist powers can really serve the
cause of peace.”
President Bush deserves our support because he is following a policy
of honest confrontation — a policy that will guarantee peace. By making our
policy clear we prevent future misunderstandings and miscalculations.
Aggressive communist generals will now think twice before unleashing death
and destruction on their neighbors.
No doubt many Americans will be angered by this analysis. They will
quote George Washington’s Farewell Address, in which the father of our
country warned us against “foreign entanglements.” But George Washington did
not live in the nuclear missile age. He did not confront aggressive
communist powers whose ultimate goal was our destruction. And if he were
alive today, he would be the first to recommend a strategy of allying with
others to prevent war.
Given the nature of modern weapons, especially nuclear missiles, our country is compelled to adopt strategies our founding fathers
had no idea of. In their day, a citizen militia was believed sufficient for
the defense of our land. But in the nuclear age we must adapt our strategy
and tactics to different realities. This is essential if we expect to
I know that many Americans fear for their teen-age sons. This is
understandable. But no country can remain free if it is unwilling to make
sacrifices for its security. We must remember that thousands of nuclear
weapons are pointed at us. These weapons sit in Russia and China, able to
reach our towns and cities in a few minutes. In case Americans have
forgotten, Russia and China are forming into an alliance. It is not merely
our boys in uniform who are in danger, but our entire country is in danger.
A war could break out tomorrow in which your entire neighborhood might die
without anyone being drafted!
By denying communist countries territory, we deny them bases and
industries. We keep them from using the industrial and manpower resources of
Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc. When President Bush
speaks of defending Taiwan he is proposing an advanced defense for our own
territory. He is using strategic sense.
Imagine the economic might of Japan and South Korea (not to mention
Taiwan), united with communist China and North Korea. Think of how this
combination would produce ships, aircraft, missiles and bombs of a very high
quality. These would then be deployed to our own hemisphere.
With regard to our Asian policy, we should consider the words of Gen.
Lane who wrote a book with the title “America On Trial.” Lane called on us
to be brave and steadfast when confronting communist aggression. He worried
that “we have been so addled by the bombast of a pretentious Marxism … and
by irrational fears of nuclear war that we have lost faith in freedom.”
Let us regain that faith and support President Bush’s stand against