“Those skilled in war subdue the enemy’s army without battle. They conquer by strategy.” – Sun Tzu, legendary ancient Chinese warrior
On January 1, 2010, KGBC, a small AM radio station in Galveston, Texas made history. It became the first U.S. radio station to lease its airwaves for programming from a government-run broadcast service in Communist China.
Americans, Texans included, never would have stood for Nazi government broadcasts or harangues by Tokyo Rose before World War II. America never allowed the Soviet Communists to spew their anti-democracy propaganda over our publicly licensed airwaves. But the Chinese have slipped in quietly and they are doing just that and no one has sounded an objection or even whimpered.
Where are all those ‘Remember the Alamo!’ Texans? Where are all those chest-thumping patriots running around yelling ‘Don’t Tread on Me’? Communist China is doing more than treading on you, my slumbering fellow Americans.
China has a stranglehold on the U.S. economy thanks to our reckless government borrowing from them during the George W. Bush years, a policy that is unabated so far during the Obama presidency. The Chinese Communists have gutted much of our industrial base by luring production to their shores with the eager help of greedy U.S. corporations seduced by near-slave-labor wages and a money-saving blind eye toward lax safety and environmental regulations.
Those who prattle on about how the Chinese are moving toward capitalism and democracy are naive, at best. Morons might be a better description. The Chinese are gaming the world financial system. They are making lots of money. But there’s not one piece of evidence the China apologists can point to which demonstrates any steps toward democracy. None. The country is run by a ruthless authoritarian Communist elite and they show no intention of relinquishing power to the people. China’s oligarchy is not promoting a middle class out of benevolence. They are doing it to avoid being overthrown by their own masses.
Communist Chinese graduate and post-doc students dominate many of the schools of engineering at U.S. universities. They are stealing U.S. taxpayer-funded university research and development by the boatload and transferring it to Beijing and our universities are positively giddy with excitement at the prospect of more and more tuition-paying Chinese students, nearly all of whom major in the so-called hard sciences that can aid China’s drive to become the world’s new superpower. You won’t find many Chinese art history majors on U.S. campuses.
Now they are buying airtime on a U.S.-licensed radio station for what is called “soft power projection.” In other words, pro-Communist China propaganda. They’re projecting “soft power” here and around the world. Like termites, the Communist Chinese are burrowing into the foundation of our society.
“Those skilled in war…conquer by strategy.”
Broadcasting over a U.S. radio station is part of a global propaganda effort to fool the gullible into thinking the Chinese Communist regime is populated by principled, wonderful world citizens and that all those stories and photos of tortured and murdered dissidents, Tibetans, Uighurs, and Falun Gong believers is just a bunch of sour grapes from a few malcontents. Americans with dollar signs in their heads are only too happy to believe the Great Chinese Lie. The master Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels said if you tell a big enough lie often enough people will come to believe it. Many now choose to believe China is a panda, not a dragon.
Some who cannot see the big picture have mocked the fact that the Chinese have leased airtime on a tiny radio station that cannot be heard in nearby Houston, Texas. They guffaw that the Chinese were had in the deal, that their dreams of winning hearts and minds in Houston fell victim to a flim-flam that led them to believe the Galveston station’s signal covered Houston.
This is not the knee-slapping hoot the wise guys believe it to be. There may be some truth to the notion the Chinese got snookered in Galveston, but there’s another possibility. China learned a lesson when it tried to make a major play in the U.S. by attempting to buy Unocal Oil of California. Their failure in that deal taught them the way to gain a foothold in the U.S. is to start smaller, under the radar, so to speak, and build on little successes, until one day, everyone in America is an appeaser and an apologist for the dictatorial regime that rules China. The Galveston radio gambit may be a trial run before they go after stations with larger coverage areas.
Vladimir Lenin famously said: “The capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.” Lenin’s Soviet Communists failed. Now the Communist Chinese are going to show them how it is done.