I’m glad you made the connection to China and to Israel. America is at the most critical point of the three right now. The techniques of modern authoritarianism include racism and xenophobia. Unlike America and Israel, China did not really have a strong ruling tradition of that until the end in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

That does not in any way lessen the tragedy of the Uighurs or Tibetans. It means that this may be more easily fixed in China than in either America or Israel who are linked in an ancient mythos of the chosen people and promised land.

But you are right this is still being worked out in the popular mind in China with the fascination of being dominated and oppressed. But that started with the over throw of the Ming in 1644.

The question is which of the three will survive in the 21st century and for how long? Right or wrong I think China has the best chance and the best chance to find some way through this. America has never been able to overcome its brutal racist origins and feels that in its link to Israel that can never be anything but the chosen people however cruel and miserable.

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