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The recently announced $6.4 billion arms sales package for Taiwan should be rescinded. It serves two purposes; it generates profits for the powerful arms-builders and it escalates tensions between Taiwan and China, while America holds a short sputtering fuse. Can you imagine the rage in America if China were to provide arms to Canada or Mexico, thrusting its military might directly at the United States? This arms sale is clearly an extension of the Cold War with all its inherent dangers. The placement of missiles in Romania and Poland augments the same type confrontation in Europe.
On November 4, 2008, the American people elected the candidate of their choice based on their hopes and promises of a change, a change for more peaceful relations with the global community. What they got was more debt, continuing war in Iraq, an expanding war in Afghanistan, increasing military excursions in numerous countries and the continuation of dangerous alliances started long ago.
Now comes this proposed arms sale. The import of yet more arms into the Taiwan Straits will serve no good cause. Eventually, and probably sooner without our interference, China and Taiwan will come to a resolution of their differences. Evidence of current progress is a reduction of travel restrictions between the two countries and further cooperation is apparent as the largest electronic manufacturers in the world (Taiwan based) have their factories in mainland China.