That is the theme of an ad scheduled for today’s Washington Times, paid for by the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP).
The 11-day EP-3 incident should have clearly shown American consumers and investors that the differences with Beijing cannot be explained away on the basis of cultural differences, the ad says.
"China is preparing for war and producing long-range ballistic missiles targeted at American military bases and cities," warns TFP.
While carefully avoiding the "B" word (boycott) the society does declare that "all Americans should have branded in their minds the memory of this [hostage] episode every time they cross the threshold of a shopping mall or supercenter."
In other words, you have the freedom to make up your own mind when you shop or invest. But please give some thought to the effect of your actions on the military machine that China is building up, with the stated aim of running the U.S out of Asia, even if that means war.
You have the freedom to buy or not buy whatever you want from whatever country, bearing in mind the effect your decision might have on small businesses in the U.S.A. whose operations have become dependent on Chinese trade for their economic health. But TFP says you should also bear in mind we are building up the military might of a nation that wishes us no good.
In fact, as mentioned in a previous report, Sen. Robert Smith, R-N.H., has tried to persuade his colleagues to form a commission to gather intelligence from the CIA, FBI, DIA and other agencies to determine how much of the American consumer’s dollar is going into China’s military machine.
TFP’s director of public policy liaison, C. Preston Noell III, says today’s ad in the Washington Times is not the end of his group’s effort by any means. Similar ads will "later hopefully [appear] in other papers, as resources permit," he told NewsMax.com.
"Plans call for street campaigns around the country that will be undertaken by a group of members and volunteers," he added.
The activist group is headquartered in York, Pa., with a bureau in Chicago and centers in other cities around the country. Its Washington-area bureau is in suburban McLean, Va.
In the Times ad, TFP says the EP-3 incident "may be over, but its dramatic lesson must be learned."
That lesson, in a nutshell, is that the policy of somehow winning "sympathy of the Communist Chinese through dialogue" is "an illusion" – an illusion pursued by administrations beginning with President Richard Nixon’s trip to China in 1972.
These grassroots Americans are attempting to come to grips with a longstanding "dirty little secret" in Washington, that both parties have become rather cozy with the economic "engagement" with China and have been content, more or less, to "let the good times roll."
But now the dragon has bared its fangs, and ordinary Americans are pointing out that, where China is concerned, "The emperor has no clothes." Nearly 30 years of holding out our hand to Beijing seems to have left it with the belief that it can bite our hand off with impunity.
After all that buildup, as TFP points out in its ad, "the much longed for ‘new China’ is nowhere on the horizon. Buoyed by optimistic hopes and easy profits, we have turned a blind eye to this disturbing reality for far too long."
The ad goes down the partial laundry list of 30 years of failure, including:
"If anything, the EP-3 incident has added insult to injury," the ad goes on. "It should open our eyes to the evidence of growing Chinese aggressiveness and should absolutely prevent us from throwing good money after bad."
And so after 30 years, we see rumblings of popular protest. Those lawmakers who have been telling the folks back home that we must remain "engaged" with China are suddenly having to answer embarrassing questions as to why this "engagement" has brought us nothing but threats and a more dangerous world.
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