China proudly announced today that it now has the capability of building advanced fighter jets. The Jian-10 fighter aircraft is widely known to be based on the U.S. F-16 jet fighter. In fact, the two aircraft look identical. The Chengdu Aircraft Company developed the fighter using F-16 plans provided by the United States, through Israel.
There is one problem here, one big problem. Publicly, the U.S. and Europe claim to be enforcing an embargo on weapons sales to China. Since the bloody massacre of Chinese civilians at or near Tiananmen Square in 1989 there has been an embargo on weapons sales directly to China.
Will U.S. Congress ask Israel to explain why it is acting as a U.S. proxy helping China build major weapons systems? Do not hold your breath, members of the House of Representatives and Senate depend on Israeli government kickbacks of U.S. aid to Israel. AIPAC, the Israeli lobby will come down swift and hard on any U.S. politician that dares to initiate an investigation of how the F-16 plans got to China via the Israeli Air Force.
Does it matter that China received U.S. assistance while building the Jian-10 fighter? It does if anyone in the United States still cares about human rights.
Does it matter that we send billions of tax dollars to Israel each year and they turn around and sell our F-16 technology to China? It does if anyone in the U.S. cares about the spread of weapons of mass destruction. An F-16 fighter is a weapon of mass destruction, forget the other definitions, the F-16 is a delivery system for nuclear weapons.
Oh, that's right, U.S. President George W. Bush legalized all forms of torture, international kidnapping, aka extraordinary rendition, indefinite imprisonment without trial, and suspension of trial by jury. It is hard to remember that the United States no longer honors the Geneva Conventions. So what China did to those workers and students peacefully protesting in and around Tiananmen Square in 1989 does not really matter any more.
When China uses those Jian-10 jets to bomb and strafe Taiwanese cities, gives a few to North Korea, or sells a few to Burma, Iran, and Syria, remember who gave them the technology. The United States did that, all in the name of spreading democracy to that major communist trading partner, China.
Have fun shopping at WalMart this weekend. Be sure to check out all those products from communist China on nearly every shelf in the store. Great prices, huh?