notes feb 13 2007
February 13, 2008 § Leave a comment
Aesop’ fables, return traditional wisdom of the human and animals.No Children’s Tale – ChronicleReview.com
Little in literature seems smaller or simpler than Aesop. People assume that everyone has read the fables, or had the fables read to them. Thanks to Aesop, we have a common understanding of a wolf in sheep’s clothing, the lion’s share, the hare versus the tortoise, the playful grasshopper, sour grapes, squeaky wheel, and much more.
In Northeast Asia, the United States, China, Japan, Russia and North and South Korea are investing in war, spending staggering amounts of money in new weapons systems and offensive capabilities. From China’s ambitious naval program to South Korea’s state-of-the-art fighter aircraft, this buildup on the land, on the seas and in space undercuts all talk of peace and sustains an ever-growing global military-industrial complex. – John Feffer
Despite all this talk of peace, something else, quite momentous and hardly noticed, is underway in the region. The real money in Northeast Asia is going elsewhere. While in the news sunshine prevails, in the shadows an already massive regional arms race is threatening to shift into overdrive.
Since the dawn of the 21st century, five of the six countries involved in the six-party talks have increased their military spending by 50% or more. The sixth, Japan, has maintained a steady, if sizeable military budget while nonetheless aspiring to keep pace. Every country in the region is now eagerly investing staggering amounts of money in new weapons systems and new offensive capabilities.
This part of the cost of Bush leadership of bullies: it has unleashed, legitimated, encourage, the same in every society.
And, house prices. house_his_2