USA-CHINA: COLD WAR, LUKEWARM WAR, HOT WAR, IT’S ALWAYS WAR AND HUMANITY HAS NOT LEARNED A THING FROM HISTORY

Cold War, hot war, lukewarm war, it’s always war. Humanity has definitely not learned anything from history and keeps making the same mistakes over and over again. History repeats itself. Like the current rift which has now ensued between dysfunctional Donald Trump, President of the USA and dark horse Xi Jinping President of China. The already cool relationship along the trade path, between these two countries, arguably the two most powerful in the world, has now turn into a cold war that Donald Trump wants to win. As all the signs point at China for allowing the existence of wet markets, an ideal habitat for certain lethal viruses, and its attempt to gag a doctor from spreading the news that Coronavirus had been spotted in China, Donald Trump has relentlessly blamed China for this scourge that has attacked the world. It’s hard to say he is wrong. But politics is dirty business. Donald Trump is probably playing the tough guy to gain points in his favour in view of the November USA elections. However, to burst out in open confrontation with direct accusations of the kind mentioned above at a time when the world is the grip of a serious pandemic and facing economic collapse, seems disingenuous on the part of the leader of a super power like the USA. We all know from history what obsessions like the one which affected the Americans for decades against communism led to. Two wars were fought and never won against this perceived evil: the Korean and Vietnam wars at the cost of millions of lives.
The Korean War cost the US $30 billion in 1953, which is equivalent to US$341 billion in today’s dollars and 36,000 lives. The Vietnam War cost the US $168 billion or $1 trillion in today’s dollars and 58,000 American lives. And we could go on counting up to the ill-advised Iraq war which was to ignite the unprecedent destabilization of the entire Middle East.

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