SA­VOR­ING 9/11

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

The 10th an­niver­sary of the Sept. 11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks pro­vided China’s of­fi­cial me­dia with am­ple rea­son to cel­e­brate what it called Amer­ica’s “mori­bund de­cline.” The state-con­trolled press is­sued a thor­ough con­dem­na­tion of Amer­ica for what it said was U.S. cul­pa­bil­ity for caus­ing the at­tacks.

The of­fi­cial Xin­hua News Agency and the Com­mu­nist Party’s mouth­piece, the Peo­ple’s Daily, both jumped into the foray. The Peo­ple’s Daily’s bel­liger­ent sub­sidiary news­pa­per Global Times pub­lished a se­ries of an­tiAmer­i­can di­a­tribes in­clud­ing an op-ed by pro­fes­sor Shen Dingli, one of China’s lead­ing an­a­lysts on in­ter­na­tional af­fairs and a dean at Shang­hai’s Fu­dan Univer­sity. Mr. Shen pre­dicted “there will never be peace be­tween al Qaeda and the United States for the next 100 years” be­cause, he as­serted, the United States has re­fused, and al­ways will, to ac­cept what Mr. Shen called cer­tain “jus­ti­fied sound­ness” of ter­ror­ism. He added that the Sept. 11 at­tacks re­ally have not changed the po­si­tion of the United States.

An­other op-ed head­lined “There May Be No Com­plete End to the Era of 9/11” was writ­ten by the army’s se­nior strate­gist, Maj. Gen. Peng Guangqian, an of­fi­cer well known for his high-pitched cries call­ing for war against Tai­wan. Gen. Peng di­rectly at­trib­uted the at­tacks to the evils of in­ter­na­tional cap­i­tal­ism led by the dou­ble-faced and saber-rat­tling Amer­ica. “The self­ish, greedy, ex­ploita­tive and bar­baric na­ture of cap­i­tal­ism that has dom­i­nated global econ­omy,” Peng wrote, is the No. 1 rea­son for past and fu­ture ter­ror­ist at­tacks on the United States.

Provin­cial Chi­nese me­dia out­lets ap­peared to have re­ceived the same editorial in­struc­tions from the Com­mu­nist Party’s Pro­pa­ganda Min­istry and pub­lished harsh-toned ar­ti­cles as well.

Even the usu­ally less-hard­line news­pa­per, the South­ern Met­ro­pol­i­tan News in Guang­dong prov­ince, pub­lished three full pages sa­vor­ing the de­cline of the United States that it linked to the ter­ror­ist at­tacks, call­ing it the con­se­quence of “us­ing one form of vi­o­lence to re­place an­other.”

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