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US Indictment Of Chinese Hackers May Hurt Credibility
When the Justice Department announced its plans to indict five Chinese nationals of hacking US computers, many were left scratching their heads. While it may be long past time the US takes a firm hand against China’s spying tactics, few believe that the communist government will hand over the individuals.

And some see the actions as merely symbolic and possibly harmful to American credibility.

Former Ambassador to China John Huntsman, appearing on ABC’s This Week, called the move “symbolic” contending it is time for that firmer hand.

“At some point we have to start getting serious about how we respond beyond just the symbolic measures, and while this will ratchet up the level of discussion, I don’t think it’s going to really do much to stop the activity that’s going on,” Huntsman said.

Eliiot Cohen, a former Bush administration official, echoed Huntman’s analysis, but went further by arguing it could hurt US credibility because the effort was so weak.

“Government poses two great temptations in the face of a hard problem like the systematic, gargantuan theft of U.S. trade and military secrets by China. One is the politics of gesture. To stamp one’s foot, shake one’s finger, glower and threaten are all alternatives to hard things — banning some Chinese companies from the U.S. market, for example, or sabotaging information networks of Chinese companies that benefit from stolen American information. And they are cheap alternatives, to boot — unless one considers the seeping away of U.S. credibility a cost.

World War I: Lessons From The Great War
The Christian Science Monitor takes an in-depth look at the lasting “bootprint” of World War I. Although largely a forgotten conflict – lost in the shadows of World War II and the controversy of the Vietnam War – the “war to end all wars” shaped geopolitics for decades to come.

“The war brought the collapse of three empires, hastened the demise of a fourth, and, it could be argued, gave rise to a fifth – the United States. It shaped the boundaries of many of today’s nations, and gave birth to tensions that still divide them. Even today’s bitter conflict over the Palestinian territories was shaped by decisions made during World War I,” writes Gerard DeRoot.

The Age Of Internationalism Is Here
Doug Sanders, a columnist with Canada’s Globe and Mail, says those who lament the current age as a time when agreement on climate change, when war defines the landscape in countless nations, and when the global economy continues to find its footing have lost sight of the positive.

We are, Sanders argues, living in a golden age.

“This may very well be the best moment the world has ever had for international co-operation around big problems. If you’re looking for a golden age of internationalism, this might actually be it.

“Don’t believe it? Think back five years. At the worst moment of the economic crisis, when it seemed very likely that major economies, banks, currencies, governments and safety nets were going to collapse, something happened: Those dysfunctional institutions started to function. Feuding nations started to co-operate, in surprisingly effective ways.,” asserts Sanders.

Sanders’ view is not shared by all, most notably the French far right candidates who have shaken up the political order in Europe with big victories in the European Union elections.

 

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