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Superpower Confab

Posted Sunday, December 2, 2012, at 7:18 PM

In 2001, a Chinese jet fighter collided with an American spy airplane over the China Sea, near the Chinese mainland. Thus an argument ensued.

USA: You have no right to collide with our aircraft and force it to land.

CHINA: You have no right to violate our space.

USA: International law recognizes anything beyond a 12-mile limit as international waters.

CHINA: We recognize a 200-mile limit.

USA: We are within our rights by international law.

CHINA: You are spying on us. This is an act of aggression.

USA: We do it to keep the world safe from the likes of you. Besides you spy on us too.

CHINA: We spy on you because you are attempting to dominate the world.

USA: We are merely trying to keep the peace.

CHINA: You act as though you are the world's self-appointed police force.

USA: It's a dirty job but someone has to do it.

CHINA: How would you feel if we sent spy planes off your coastline?

USA: We wouldn't like that at all.

CHINA: You should mind your own business.

USA: We must patrol the globe to keep evil like you contained.

CHINA: You are an evil empire that always has to have your own way.

USA: We are a democracy. It is our obligation to keep tabs on the rest of the world.

CHINA: If you keep secrets from your citizens, you have no democracy.

USA: We must keep secrets so we can always have the upper hand on evil.

CHINA: We must also keep secrets because of evil like you.

USA: No you don't because we are the good guys.

CHINA: If you are the good guys, why is it nobody likes you?

USA: Britain likes us. So does Israel. Canada seems to like us too.

CHINA: Big deal.

USA: We intend to keep spying on you.

CHINA: Stay out of our air space or there will be another incident.

USA: You have no right to collide with our aircraft and force it to land.

CHINA: You have no right to violate our space.

USA: International law recognizes anything beyond a 12-mile limit as international waters.

CHINA: We recognize a 200-mile limit.

USA: We are within our rights by international law.

CHINA: You are spying on us. This is an act of aggression.

And so on...

The argument continues in an endless circle -- both sides are certain they are right. But in the scheme of things, only one side can be right.

Unless, or course, neither are right.

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Quote for the Day -- "The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it." George Bernard Shaw

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Bret Burquest is the author of 9 books, including THE REALITY OF THE ILLUSION OF REALITY and 11:11 EARTH TIME (available on Amazon). He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and where silence is the hardest argument to refute.

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Bret Burquest is a former award-winning columnist for The News (2001-2007) and author of four novels. He has lived in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Kansas City, Memphis and the middle of the Arizona desert. After a life of blood, sweat and tears in big cities, he has finally found peace in northern Arkansas where he grows tomatoes, watches sunsets and occasionally shares the Secrets of the Universe (and beyond) with the rest of the world.
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