If you go to Yahoo! and type a combination of words including “world domination,” you will get more than 11 million search results.
The trouble is, that to many of those who question or answer this search, it is not clear what the phrase “world domination” means.
Those who lived in the 1930s may recall that the phrase “world domination” was applied to the goals of Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia. It meant their “hell-on-earth.” The conquest of the world by Hitler or Stalin; that is, Hitler’s or Stalin’s “world domination,” would mean a “world hell,” “world prison,” or “world concentration camp” from which there would be no escape.
But today many Westerners trace the meaning of the phrase “world domination” to the “dominion” in a “colonial system.” Indeed, Dominion Day is observed in Canada (July1) to commemorate the dominion status Canada received in 1867. Many Westerners mean by “China’s world domination,” nothing worse than China’s world colonialism like that of Great Britain, once upon a time.
The word “totalitarian,” which originated in the 1920s, seems to have been forgotten, and “world domination” does not mean the totalitarian world conquest Hitler, Stalin, or Mao were after, but, for example, Great Britain’s erstwhile colonial rule.
Thus, Mike Baker of BBC News entitled his Yahoo! analysis “China’s Bid for World Domination.” He writes, “University enrolments in China have reportedly risen from under 10% of young people in 1999 to over 21% in 2006, a phenomenally fast expansion.”
Actually, comparison of countries and civilizations should begin with the estimation of personal immunity in them. If a country (for example, Hitler’s Germany or Stalin’s Russia) had no personal immunity, that is, a human life was no more valuable than that of an insect or a microbe — then the world conqueror’s “world domination” could well be expected to be the greatest disaster or most frightening nightmare that no victim can escape.
But to count the number of university enrolments in a country and call this its “bid for world domination”?
Suppose we knew the number of university enrolments in Germany from 1933 to 1945. Had Germany conquered the rest of the world, then the total absence of personal immunity in Germany and in the rest of the world would be the worst evil inflicted by human beings on other human beings.
Another Yahoo! comment — by John Savage (April 14, 2008): “How Will America Respond to Chinese World Domination?” Again, by “world domination” he means not China’s conquest of the world, but China’s position of pride among “developed industrial countries.”
The analysis of how and why the population of a country has no personal immunity is often worth the trouble. Germany created a more “soulful” music than any other country (Bach, Beethoven, Handel). Nevertheless Germany then became the most cruel country in the post- Roman history of Europe. Imagine its world conquest and its domination of the conquered world.
The Chinese were once victims of Japanese invasions. They deserved pity, compassion, help.
I skip Mao’s deeds, quite worthy of Hitler’s and Stalin’s. In his article published recently abroad, a Chinese author proposed the annihilation of all Americans. But what to do with the Chinese residing in the United States? They should also be annihilated, since they have become too American and have forgotten their glorious Chinese past.
When the Falun Gong executions were at their insane height, I was riding through New York in a car with several Chinese, and a Chinese lady noted angelically that the Falun Gong practitioners should be summarily shot or they would never stop proselytizing.
Lev Tolstoy, the world-famous Russian novelist, died in 1910 with this behest: “Do not resist evil by violence.” Yet the next half- century in Russia was full of violence, which only Stalin’s death in 1953 slowed down.
The moral is that we cannot predict the absence of violence, and the only way is the defense against a country that may be expected to conquer the world and dominate it without granting personal immunity to the people they will have conquered.
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