OF THE VIGILANCE APPLE:
ISRAEL & SYRIA HEADING TOWARD
21st CENTURY "PING PONG DIPLOMACY?"
ZERO PLUS 1248 DAY--New York, NY, Tuesday, February
apple by any other name might be just an apple, but in the Golan
Heights, it could be a rose of peace or the Apple of Vigilance.
of the apple" may be a signpost that peace is possible
between Syria and Israel
nor Israel are underscoring the importance of the recent purchase
of 10,000 tons of apples from Arab farmers in the Golan Heights.
Since 1967, Israel has occupied the Golan Heights and all trading
between the two countries has been nil.
Syria is attempting
to ignore Israel in the trade process. Officially, Syria touts
it is trading with the Arabs who live there to help them out
of "difficult economic circumstances."
the peace process see the "bite of the apple" as a
signpost that peace is possible between the two nations, or,
at least talks leading to such an conclusion might begin soon.
peace process with China known as "Ping Pong Diplomacy"...
In 1971, President
Richard Nixon started a peace process with China in what is
now historically referred to as "Ping Pong Diplomacy,"
making the "Apple Diplomacy" of these countries not
In 1971, the
American Ping-Pong team was in Japan for the 31st World Table
Championship. The team was approached by a Chinese colleague
and offered an all-expense paid visit to the People's Republic.
with President Nixon
relations with China and the U.S. had been severed in 1949.
On April 10,
nine players, four officials and two spouses stepped across
a bridge from Hong Kong to the Chinese mainland, launching what
is now called "Ping-Pong diplomacy." The players were
the first group of Americans allowed into China since the communists
took over in 1949.
En-lai hosted the players at a banquet in the Great Hall on
April 14, 1971.
opened a new chapter in the relations of the American and Chinese
people," he told the unlikely diplomats. "I am confident
that this beginning again of our friendship will certainly meet
with majority support of our two peoples."
He also extended
an invitation for more American journalists to visit China,
provided they do not "all come at one time." That
same day, the U.S. announced plans to remove a 20-year embargo
on trade with China. A Chinese table tennis team reciprocated
by visiting the United States.
can be defeated with Principles of Vigilance. Not too many years
ago, about fifty to be exact, European nations were at constant
war with one another. It has only been over the past five decades
that peace across Europe has existed.
There is a similar
battle for Vigilance underway in the Middle East. Political
Terrorism is under great fire, as never before. The idea that
nations can exist as isolated, autonomous bullies refusing to
join in the Circle of International Vigilance is antiquated.
China found a
way to ease itself into the world's mainstream and happened
to use ping pong balls to accomplish the goal.
once controlled the Golan Heights and now is showing some
signs of "Apple Core" diplomacy
Syria once in
control of the Golan Heights, is showing some signs of "Apple
Core" diplomacy. Political Terrorism that now exists in
the Middle East may one day ease between Syria and Israel. Such
Political Terrorism was swept away from the doorway between
relations of the United States and China through ping pong balls,
and apples could ultimately do the same for Syria and Israel.
There is a quite
simple reason for the end of Political Terrorism and the rise
of Vigilance among nations.
amounts to the Parents of Vigilance within embattled nations
rising up above past prejudices and bigotries and seeking to
act selflessly for future generations.
What could be
better for Chinese children than linking up with the rest of
the world and sharing the fascinations of the West. Conversely,
what could be better for the United States and the West than
to find a massive ally in the East who, as China has done in
recently years, helped to keep North Korea in check.
China also has
an incredible nuclear arsenal that is kept quite quiet, but
nevertheless looms as its Big Stick.
In an annual
report on the status
of the Chinese military produced by the Department of Defense,
China maintains nuclear missiles and advanced technology to
wage war against the entire world should it ever elect to do
is an example of Chinese diplomacy : Chinese President
Hu Jintao greets Kim Jong Il at the Great Hall of the
People in April, 2004 Go
But wise Chinese
officials have offered the world top-grade manufacturing and
excellent prices to urge world trade its way. Major Chinese
cities are bursting with global business and the Olympics are
heading its way.
Even with a nuclear
missile in its hip pocket, China is seeking Vigilance Diplomacy
rather than Terrorism Diplomacy. And, it's paying off.
Syria is sliding
in that direction.
And even though
the United States virtually forced democracy upon Iraq, it was
well deserved. The recent elections verify the thirst in the
Middle East to be self-governed, and, as part of that process,
for individual Vigilance to become more important than state
the Apples of Vigilance will turn into an Apple Peace
Only when individuals
seek to protect their freedom for their families does Vigilance
truly survive. And only when individuals abdicate freedom for
Fear, Intimidation and Complacency does Terrorism rise to power.
So, the Apple
of Vigilance has been bitten in the Golan Heights.
Perhaps it will
turn into an Apple Peace Pie.
And, the children
of the world will be the ones to take the first bite.
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