Quote: Originally Posted by ironsides
"Lets not forget, why did they attack Tibet, Vietnam, India etc."
Canada is a rich country with a small population, if the world stood by and watched, you would be speaking Chinese in a week. China is a modern country today and has very little so called 'taboos".
Chinese taboos played a role there too. In China, those who defend that Tibet remain part of China insist that it's based on history, that Tibet has always been a part of China. Though we can dispute the claims it doesn't change the fact that China needed at least some token evidence to support its claim, otherwise it would have had to let tibet go. It would have been diplomatically unsustainable. When others tell China to leave Tibet, China can show those historical documents and argue that that is proof that tibet has always been a part of China. True or not is another matter. The poin is that they need this argument to voercome certain cultural taboos. Just attacking Tibet without a reason would never have been acceptable.
As for Vietnam, they could portray themselves as friends of the Vietnamese, trying to help them. Of course, the Americans were using the same arguments.
China's border disputes with India Cambodia, etc. use the same argument of historical possession.
It's interesting to note how, whether we agree with the arguments or not, they tend to be quite consistent. Most American Wars have been wars of liberation from communism, slavery, dictatorship, or other situation of oppression, perceived or otherwise. Most Chinese wars in recent history have been wars of liberation for what is perceived as historically Chinese territory against a perceived occupying force, or a war for national unity, as was the case for the US civil war.
Many of the taboos that need to overcome are similar in all cultures. Perhaps we can say that there is a universal trend. They need to be able to perceive their war as a just war, otherwise support for the war collapes. They need that perception to begin the war, and then need to maintain the perception to continue the war.
Even Nazi Germany was no exception. The Germans had to find or create the argument of a noble cause even for their wars. For them it was avenging the injustices of the Treaty of Versaille. And they needed proof from a neutral source. They got it in the form of a public acknowledgement from Chamberlain that the Treaty was indeed unfair to the Germans.
Imperial Japan created theirs through the Co-Prosperity Sphere. And again, could make it believable by pointing out how the evil Westerners had invaded China, brotherly Japan was to liberate China and help it.
Same with Canada, going to Afghanistan to help the Afghans, to liberate them, to fulfil our NATO obligations and commitments. All of these try to touch on our sence of justice, nobility, pride in the integrity of our nation. No country is an exception, and of course China would be no exception in haivng to try to rationalize a war with Canada too. I just don't see how China could do that unless Canada should militarize heavily or attack China first.