When the Second World War began in September 1939, Hitler offered the following justification for his aggression: “Danzig is, was and always will be a German city.” To take that city Hitler made a pact with Russia. Now, in a curious repeat of history, the Chinese are taking a chapter from Hitler’s book. In fact, China’s main slogan is the same as Hitler’s. Simply substitute the name “Taiwan” for “Danzig” and “Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact” for “Sino-Russian Friendship Treaty.”

Add water, heat and stir. Presto! World War III can be cooked to order, Mandarin style. Any time China decides to unleash the dogs of war they need only begin an attack on the anti-communist island fortress of Taiwan. As everyone knows, President Bush has promised to defend that island; and now the Russians have promised to make war on the United States in the event of that defense.

“If a threat of aggression arises,” the treaty states, Russia and China “will immediately make contact with each other and hold consultations in order to eliminate the emerging threat,” says the new treaty between Russia and China.

What threat of aggression is specifically contemplated? Consider the language of the treaty, which implies that aggression is interference “with the internal affairs of … sovereign states.”

The treaty also says, in so many words, that Taiwan is China’s internal affair.

“The government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legitimate government representing the whole of China” and “Taiwan is an integral part of China,” the treaty states.

Here is a device, made with cunning and calculation, for triggering the next world war. But there is more to this – much more. Last year the Russians conducted military exercises in the Far East, successfully penetrating the supposedly secure air space over a U.S. carrier battle group. This exercise corresponded with war games in China aimed at Taiwan.

Since President Bush has promised to defend Taiwan, and Taiwan is listed by the treaty as an internal affair of China, and aggression is defined as interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign country, the path to war is clear. America’s attempt to defend Taiwan against communist aggression is clearly listed as aggression.

And this is no idle threat.

In February the Russians tested Japan’s air defenses. They also conducted a mock nuclear/conventional exercise in support of a Chinese effort against Taiwan. In other words, Russia and China are already coordinating their military plans in the event of a conflict in the Far East. Russia’s missiles and China’s unlimited manpower are being joined, even now, in a plan
that promises to break the back of America’s Pacific defense perimeter.

The strategic implications of Russia and China’s war exercises, combined with their “friendship treaty,” should be clear. President Bush’s statement about defending Taiwan is being rebuked in brutal fashion. Go ahead, the Russians and Chinese are saying, make our day.

But nobody seems to be getting the picture. We read what Helle Bering says about Russia and China in yesterday’s Washington Times: “It is too soon … to conclude that a grand alliance is in the works.”

Must we be hit directly over the head? Are we that dense?

The treaty between Russia and China spells out the Taiwan issue. The path to war has been laid out. It has been formalized in a document. We read the words, but nothing registers in our empty skulls.

After all, Putin got along so swimmingly with George W. at last month’s summit. And it feels so good. It can’t be bad!

Everybody is gushing about our “new relationship” with Russia. They gushed over “Uncle Joe Stalin” during World War II, then they bemoaned Russian treachery in the early 1950s. They gushed about Detente in the early 1970s, and they bemoaned the fate of Afghanistan, Nicaragua and Angola by the end of the decade.

Do we ever learn from history, or are we doomed to replay this broken record until the country hung out on a meat-hook is our own?

Hitler’s formula is being repeated. We can see the path that has been laid out to war. It is time to wake up and set aside our infatuation with Russia’s KGB president.

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