I was about to call it a bug’s life to reflect a soldier’s point of view. Soldiers are mostly simple and uneducated people trained to be robots in defense of their nation. They still feel. They still think. But, for the love of their country, nothing is too important in comparison. Well, I am a poet, so I have to pretend that I am a soldier sometimes to write from that perspective. Here is a snippet I captured from a private talk inside People’s Liberation Army.
General: “RIM-161 Standard Missile 3 is about to be in service worldwide and the little Japanese dog is singing an ode in a recent animation called ‘009 RE:Cyborg’! If the Great Britain is 007, then Japan is 009, two inches more. See, I know how they think. What say you?”
Soldier: “Sir, did you read the f**king manual? RIM-161 Standard Missile 3 is radar-guided. Whose missiles are still flying in non-stealth mode?”
General: “Are you an idiot? It’s infrared I am worried about!”
Soldier: “Didn’t someone report to you that the new global nuclear missiles all turn off their engines once in orbit? Going down doesn’t need that much heat emission and fireworks always rock. Even an F-15 knows how to do that in the 70’s to escape a missile.”
General: “Yes, it’s old. How’s our stealth technology going?”
Soldier: “Sir, it’s that same Gen-I solution, painted!”
General: “Didn’t you receive the latest recipe from Lockheed Martin. It’s got to be fiber, built-in. It’s competition, not a joke.”
Soldier: “We have to mass-produce now. Missiles are never reused. Why should we care? Besides, fiber is too expensive.”
I am sorry that I missed the most critical information, which is the number planned in production. Given that China is all too busy with their new aircraft carriers, drones and GDP boosts, chances are the budget is still low for production. No worries. It’s more important to look good.
In fact, even Russia is aware of such psychology. Mutual annihilation is a fair deal as long as their people are living miserably. However, as China is planning to boost its GDP and living standard, the military side must be moving rapidly, to an extent where they begin to think about a space shield. If they really want to live a better life, why die together? No worries! Given that the Chinese Communist Party has been stupid for the past few decades, they are probably not even thinking about this step. Let’s sit and wait for the latest report from Pentagon.
Pentagon: “The latest display of Chinese missiles shows that they are mostly very round. Painted or not, they will be highly visible to radars. No worries!”