By Michael Reisig
As each year passes, America becomes more and more dependent on China. Not only do they supply us the lion’s share of our commodities, from foodstuffs, toothpaste, tires, computers, and cell phones, but they own us financially as well, being one of the major purchasers of America’s debt. Because China’s relationship with America is such a “joined at the hip” affair (and such enormous amounts of money are being made from this relationship on both sides), we have a tendency to ignore the pitfalls of this lopsided arrangement. Americans have begun to develop a “trout farm” mentality about our Asian “friends.” (They wouldn’t hurt us – they feed us every day. We can depend on them to be there every morning with the food). A good part of that is true, it is a symbiosis, but the world hasn’t stopped spinning and human nature hasn’t changed. On this planet there will always be a nation or a group of people who want to own most of the pie – at any cost. Today there are two groups that have decided they want the pie. One is on an ideological jihad (Muslims and Islam), and the other, China, is approaching conquest from a political/military and economic standpoint. America has become so consumed and disabled by its massive internal struggles with consummate equality, illegal immigration, Islamic placation, political correctness and free everything to everyone, that it will most likely become nothing more than grist between the two great stones of Islam and Chinese world dominance.
We are watching (with the same wide-eyed curiosity of trout) as China becomes more aggressive militarily (beginning to claim multi-accessed areas of the globe as their own, such as the South China Sea), hacks into our defense and economic systems with the single-minded tenacity of termites on steroids, and creates a new, ultra-powerful military geared for nothing short of world conquest. But it’s okay – we’ll just look the other way, as long as we keep getting those great prices on our cell phones, motorcycles, and Ramen noodles.
There are numerous aspects to the threat that is China, and in this day and age we have learned that there are a variety of ways to collapse a nation. Subtle destruction is certainly high on the list for the wars that will be fought in the future.
Regarding that, there is a new threat that you won’t hear much about on the six o’clock news, because there’s simply too much money riding on it. This deals with “Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients” (APIs) – the biologically active ingredients that make up the millions of drugs Americans consume daily. About 70 to 80 percent of all active drug ingredients originate in China and India, and by far, most of those come from China. It has been said by industrial leaders that if China decided to stop exporting APIs, most of America’s pharmacies would be empty inside of 90 days.
Just so you understand this, the nation that is building up for an eventual showdown with us, produces the lion’s share of all the drug ingredients we take. There are two scenarios here – one is terrible and the other is worse. If at some point we go head to head with China, even in limited warfare, all China has to do is quit selling us drug ingredients, and watch us come apart at the seams. Yes, I realize that other nations would try to take up some of the slack but there’s no way they would be able to that quickly and efficiently. We’re a nation of junkies – take away our drugs and watch what happens to us.
The second scenario is far more insidious. What if, prior to a larger-scale conflict, China was to simply interject one of any number of poisons into the APIs they were shipping us, or perhaps a biological warfare bacteria?
Now I’m not saying this is going to happen, and I’m certainly not saying it’s going to happen next week. What I’m saying is, America is becoming weaker and more vulnerable by the day. Certainly, our political correctness and our desire to placate Muslim interests in this country are decimating our military and opening avenues of onslaught to terrorists of all varieties. But most of all, it is our own avarice, our lust for more and cheaper commodities regardless of the real price, that has lead us to this unprecedented point of vulnerability.
In the end, it could all become a bitter pill to swallow.
The views and opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the ownership and staff of The Polk County Pulse. Michael Reisig is a freelance writer and published author whose works are reproduced throughout the globe.