By Jun Sheng
The nuclear-powered submarine USS Connecticut recently had a collision incident, but the US military deliberately concealed the details of the incident and delayed the release of relevant information, with only a very vague and short statement released five days after the incident. An anonymous US naval officer confirmed later that the incident happened in the South China Sea.
Sending advanced attack weapons to the doorstep of another country, the US is once again demonstrating its ingrained hegemony to the fullest. The USS Connecticut is one of the three Seawolf-classfast-attack submarines currently serving in the US Navy, boasting the strongest combat force and highest sensitivity. The term “attack” explains its purpose.
The collision incident reflects the “bellicose genes” running in the blood of American politicians. According to the statistics of some research institutes, in its history of more than 240 years since America gained independence in 1776, there have been less than 20 years when the country didn’t engage in a war. What calls for special attention is that the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022” approved by the House of Representatives in September this year will provide the US military with a budget of about USD 778 billion, an increase of USD 25 billion compared with the previous budget proposed by the Biden administration. Being the country hit hardest by COVID-19, the US has done little to fight against the virus, recover the economy and guarantee livelihood, but has nodded to all requests for military spending, which fully reveals its militant nature.
The collision incident reflects America’s addiction to meddling in other countries’ affairs. The US has a history of resorting to all hooks and crooks in order to maintain and consolidate its hegemony and domination. After the end of the Cold War, it began to interfere in other countries more unscrupulously by exporting “Color Revolution” to one country after another and leaving them in chaos and ruins. Because of its interference, many countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Western Asia and North Africa are still struggling in political turmoil and their people suffering in the abyss of misery. In his book, America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy, William Blum said the US has tried to overthrow more than 50 foreign governments since the end of WWII, most of which are elected. It has grossly interfered in the democratic election of at least 30 countries and attempted to assassinate about 50 foreign leaders.
Shortly before the collision incident of the USS Connecticut nuclear-powered submarine, the US, Britain and Australia announced to form AUKUS, a trilateral security partnership, under which the US and Britain will help the Australian navy build a nuclear-powered submarine force. Furthermore, the US will also export to Australia the Tomahawk cruise missile that can carry nuclear warheads. These moves seriously violate the spirit of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, send shock waves through the international nuclear non-proliferation system, sabotage the efforts to build a nuclear-free zone in Southeast Asia, and challenge regional security.
Countless facts are telling the world that the US is the No.1 source of the mounting instability and uncertainties in the world today, the egregious saboteur of international rules and world order, and the biggest disruptor of world peace. The USS Connecticut incident is a new reminder that the world should stay on high alert against the US that’s obsessed with war and addicted to interference.