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Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), was a French military leader and emperor. Napoleon rose through the ranks of the military during the French Revolution (1789-1799) at a very rapid rate. He seized political power in France in a 1799 coup d’état and crowned himself emperor in 1804.

  • During the Napoleonic Wars(1803-15), France conquered
    • Egypt,
    • Belgium
    • Holland
    • Northern Italy
    • Austria
    • Much of Germany
    • Poland
    • Spain
    • France directly conquered or controlled through alliance most of western Europe by 1812.
  • Over-ambitious Napoleon and Xi Jinping have a lot in common:
    • Both allowed their unlimited ambition to overwhelm the citizens of their own countries.
    • Thin-skinned and prone to self-promotion.
    • Both look for a combination of victories and flattery, inflating self-importance and achievements, suggesting their own brilliance(Xi Jinping Thoughts).
    • Both turn a less-than-glorious episode into the stuff of legend(Napoleon’s overexaggerated achievements in Egypt and Xi’s disinformation on OBOR) and presenting themselves as saviors of the nation.
    • Both started believing in their extraordinary luck, and eventually their own propaganda.
    • Their desire to show strength, at all costs.
  • Napoleon was a brilliant soldier and Xi must be an extraordinary politician to survive in China but both of them make horrible military-political blunders:
    • Both came to power on the plank of clean governance. However, Napoleon overthrew the Spanish monarchy (allies of France at the time) so that he could put a member of his own family on the Spanish throne. Xi Jinping has an estimated net worth of $1.51 billion(bloomberg.com) as of today. While he is purging corrupt leaders(so-called) his family and relatives are growing rich at breakneck speed.
    • Both start something they don’t know how and when to end. Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812, without any clear plan for how to end the war. Xi’s unnecessary aggression on Indo-Tibet border without the solution in sight, a trade war with the US, aggressive diplomacy with Australia; Japan; Taiwan, etc. The list goes on.
    • Both cannot accept defeat. Czar Alexander of Russia defied Napoleon, and he pushed half a million French army in harm’s way. Xi pushed 111 Chinese soldiers into Sureshot death when he pressurized the PLA again all advice for a lost campaign.
    • Napoleon insults and berates, Charles Maurice de Talleyrand, Europe’s most shrewd diplomat in the 19th century. Xi goes a step further ahead and in the name of corruption, purges all opposition in the CPC.
    • While Napoleon was on the retreat from Moscow, a group of generals tried to grab power by declaring he had been killed in battle. Back home no one shed tears for the untimely demise of their glorious leader. The scheme fell flat, but it demonstrated to Napoleon that his whole edifice of imperial glory had feet of clay. Xi would be very disappointed to know what citizens think of dictators across the globe.

Besides all the above facts, there are three very important turning-points in Napoleon’s life, which stand out and demonstrate his fall from grace. One can judge Xi Jinping’s misadventures in the light of Napoleonic tragedy:


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Armand de Caulaincourt, one of Napoleon’s closest advisors warned him against his misadventure in Russia. However, he went against all the advice and invaded Russia in 1812. Napoleon had superior army yet he failed to achieve the typical Napoleonic victory—utilizing his tactical genius to defeat his enemies in a pitched battle. Russian armies kept on withdrawing and declined to fight until the Battle of Borodino, near Moscow, which was indecisive. Napoleon seized Moscow but failed to take into account the Russian way of waging war. He thought that invading Moscow would compel the Russians to come to terms; instead, the Russians burnt down Moscow. Napoleon simply could not withstand the unfamiliar style of Russians. As a result, the normally goal-oriented Napoleon could not achieve his objectives and was instead forced to retreat from a devastated Moscow in winter. Napoleon’s 600,000 strong force reduced to less than 80,000 troops by the time they left Russia. Napoleon was unable to adapt his brilliant thinking beyond the localized context of the battlefield. 

There is an uncanny resemblance between what Napoleon expected from Russians with what are Xi Jinping’s expectations from Indians. Indians did exactly what the Russians did. They defeated Chinese in the mind-games. China may believe intimidation and the sort of ‘salami-slicing’ in which it engages in the South China Sea will enable it to act without consequences against India, but India is not the Philippines, willing to roll over for a few yuan. The Chinese government was also overwhelmed by the Indian citizens, standing like a rock behind their government, similar to massive popular resistance to Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. PLA dreamed of undermining the resolve of the Indian Army. Xi’s plot fell flat when it pitched psychologically weak(as per reports, 30% of PLA active-duty soldiers seek psychological help) and product of one-child-policy force, against battle-hardened Indian troops.


Courtesy: The Asian Age

In the 1813 Battle of Leipzig, also known as the Battle of Nations, Napoleon’s army was defeated by a coalition that included Austrian, Prussian, Russian, and Swedish troops. Afterward, Napoleon retreated to France, where in March 1814 coalition forces captured Paris. On 06 April 1814, Napoleon, then in his mid-40s, was forced to abdicate the throne. With the Treaty of Fontainebleau, he was exiled to Elba, a Mediterranean island off the coast of Italy. 

The Beidaihe Annual Meeting(secret conclave of the Communist Party) in China is going to be held shortly. The meet is attended by 10 to 20 figures who still influence the Communist Party. Four prominent names are – former president Jiang Zemin, former Premier Zhu Rongji, former president Hu Jintao and former Premier Wen Jiabao. They might not agree with each other but they all hold a common ground on one thing which is Deng Xiaoping’s ‘tao guang yang hui’ diplomatic strategy, meaning “keep a low profile and bide your time”. China’s increasingly tense relations with the Quad (India, Japan, Australia, and the USA) might affect these old leaders personally, as many of their children and relatives, as well as those of high-ranking bureaucrats, have spent time in the U.S. studying, working and investing. Many hold significant overseas assets, including land and properties. Hundreds of millions of dollars could be at stake. The wrath of the Quad could destabilize China beyond a recoverable echelon. During the course of this gathering, Xi Jinping would be personally held responsible for rocking the apple cart and bringing the rest of the world together against China. 


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On 26 February 1815, Napoleon escaped Elba and sailed to the France. Soon a coalition of allies(Austrians, British, Prussians, and Russians) who considered the French emperor an adversary, began to prepare for war. On 18 June, Napoleon’s 72,000 strong army marched towards the 68,000 strong coalition forces. The forces confronted each other in the village of Waterloo, near Brussels. Napoleon committed tactical errors and acted indecisively. Ultimately, the Battle of Waterloo marked the end of Napoleon’s glorious military career. On 22 June 1815, Napoleon was once again abdicated. He was exiled to the remote, British-held island of Saint Helena, in the South Atlantic Ocean. He remained there until his death.

In the annual work report published in the month of May 2020, Chinese Prime Minister Premier Li Keqiang dropped the word “peaceful” before “reunification” when discussing Taiwan. During the same month, President Xi Jinping, while addressing the PLA, directed them to “comprehensively strengthen the training of troops and prepare for war”. It looks like the hawks in Xi’s regime have gotten the upper hand and the invasion of Taiwan is inevitable. The invasion of Taiwan could become Xi Jinping’s Waterloo. If Xi orders PLA to undertake any such misadventures, it would be a huge gamble for armed forces which have not been deployed in combat duties during the careers of even their senior-most officers. PLAN has no experience in aircraft carriers and amphibious operations. On the other hand, Taiwan is not Crimea.  Militarily, Taiwan has capabilities that, coupled with Quad support, would repel an invasion, and inflict significant damage on China. A military failure along with a crashing economy and an unprecedented rise in unemployment would be a humiliating and possibly career-threatening experience for President Xi Jinping and for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).


Courtesy: The Print

The CCP’s outlook is colored by a cynical notion in the power of greed. The party is convinced that Western governments are slaves of capitalist interests. The CCP believes that the West could not afford to lose access to the Chinese market, especially if their capitalist adversaries stood to profit as a result. Until now, the Western concessions in the face of Chinese assertiveness seemed to have vindicated the CCP’s Hobbesian worldview. After all, Bill Clinton had ended the link between China’s trading privileges and human rights, despite promising to act tough on China in his 1992 election campaign.

Before the rise of Modi and Trump, Chinese leaders had encountered virtually no pushback, despite overplaying their hand repeatedly. In Trump and Modi, China has finally met its match. Both of them are unafraid to utilize raw power against their foes. It is CCP’s tough luck that it has to defend against far more tenacious opponents. Today Western and Asian powers are willing to absorb enormous short-term economic pain. China has to realize that greed has lost its primacy and they have handed its adversaries a long-term strategic edge. CCP had never ever imagined that these countries would be willing to write off the Chinese market in the quest for larger geopolitical objectives. Since the end of the ‘Cultural Revolution,’ the CCP faces an existential threat for the first time. CCP leaders know that they have committed a strategic error and capitalistic suicide. The latest intervention in Hong Kong, the mass detention of Uighurs, aggression in the South China Sea, border clashes with India, handling of COVID-19 and thereafter vindictive actions against the vocal countries indicates that no one in China has guts to show Xi Jinping a mirror and how he is taking his country on a disastrous path.

This is a display of rare behavior by the Chinese policymakers, which not only exhibits traits of Napoleon but mental instability at the same time. Deng Xiaoping had warned the countrymen a long time ago about this over-concentration of power. He had warned them that if inside the system, voices of dissent or disagreement are not heard, then it would have a domino effect. One mistake would follow another. Xi Jinping is hell-bent upon reliving the disastrous mistakes of Napoleon.

The 1945 George Orwell novel ‘Animal Farm’ had two pigs as protagonists, ‘Napoleon’ the selfish egomaniac leader of the farm, and his challenger, another pig, ‘Snowball’. In present-day China, everyone knows who is Napoleon, but who would be the Snowball, only time would tell. People are talking about the impatience of the Chinese populace, but sound historians know that most tyrannies have been possible because opposing forces moved too late. It is not the case with the Chinese citizens. They understand the main principle of the Animal Farm very well. After all, they have the first hand experience: ”All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”. 

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  1. Google Scholar: ACTUALIZATION AND INTERPRETATION IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. Meaning, the rabid racism of messiah theology and its total negation of all heresy otherwise.
    GROVES, JOSEPH WHITE.Yale University. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 1979. 7926245.

    [[[“””Wilhelm Vischer and Hans Hellbart do not merely separate the historical and the theological, but virtually eliminate the role of historical investigation by advocating Christological exegesis. In essence their approach is a return to a pre-critical Reformation theology which views the Old and New Testaments as a unified structure. The element which creates this unity is the pervading presence of the Messiah. The New Testament interprets the Old as Messianic prophecy and this interpretation is confirmed by a study of the Old Testament as a whole. Indeed, the true nature of the Old Testament is apparently only when one recognizes the pre-existence of Christ as the head of the Old Testament church. Consequently, both the unity of the Bible and the cause of that unity are beyond the scope of historical investigation, which can only end in confusion and uncertainty. One must approach the Old Testament through theological affirmation.”””]]].

    The divorce by alien Goyim Europeans of Jewish Common law formats exposes the extreme prejudice of Christological exegesis, which defines the theology expressed through the bloody period known as the Reformation. Goyim theological insanity limits the “Old Testament” as faith prior to JeZeus. Later attempts by Xtain “scholars” in the 19th Century and there after, their critical examination of the historicity of Biblical texts makes a total dissolution of Jewish cultures and customs which produced Talmudic Common Law together with its Midrashic interpretations made upon Aggaditah – the understanding of prophetic mussar NaCH Common Law! The prejudice and racial dishonesty of these arrogant aliens and utterly foreign “scholars”, merits nothing short of complete and total contempt.

    The underlying racism expressed by these “scholars”, it directly compares to the European mass murder of black slaves, the oppression and genocide of the Jewish and Roma minorities in Europe during the 20th Century. Notions of a Nazi superior race did not just pop into the minds of European barbarians, comparable to “Gee I could have had a V-8”. Xtian barbaric theology pre-programmed the European mind to simply assume that white Europeans had a destiny mandate to rule the inferior dark skinned races of the earth. Comparable to the American “Manifest Destiny” which justified the genocide of the Indian natives. No European Court has ever convicted Church Priests and Pastors for their guilt of promoting mass hysteria & war crimes.

    To expect justice from European Courts, pigs would sooner dance the Polka! The Jewish State of Israel must strive to develop an economic alliance with the States of the Middle East and North Africa, which excludes all European political influence among and within this trading block alliance. Something like as happened between the NATO and Warsaw Pact opposing alliances which prevailed throughout the period of the Cold War. The States of the Warsaw Pact rejected all economic aid, which the Marshal Plan employed as a carrot to justify the US military occupation of Western European countries. France rejected membership in NATO in 1966, in order to foist the lie that France ruled Europe as a Great Power.

    This French deception alone merits why the Jewish State must reject French UN Resolution 242, and all similar UN attempts to determine the international borders and Capital City of the Jewish State; its membership within the States of the Middle East and North Africa. Building a stable trade route which connects Algeria with Egypt, represents a key strategic objective of the Jewish State. To establish major trading centers along this route require Climate Change – a policy that causes the Desert to bloom.

    Israeli education of Arab stateless refugee populations needs to change its focus. Much like Kennedy’s Moon race program switched education priorities from the Humanities to the Sciences. Arab stateless refugee populations within Israel, require a narrow focus upon Agricultural expertise and experience. North African States, once the Desert blooms, Israel should export the agricultural expertise of Arab stateless refugees to develop and farm the North African Sahara grass lands by having these exported Arabs, to plant trees upon all the hills across North Africa and Egypt.

    The rapid deforestation of the rain forests in the Brazilian Amazon and South America, requires a massive counter-response. Something like the Ottoman Turks expressed their sincere thanks to monarchy of Spain: for the Spanish Inquisition, together with the forced expulsion of Jewish refugee populations from that barbaric kingdom of primitive sub-humans.

    [[[“””This method, called pneumatic exegesis, harkens back to the work of J.C.K. von Hofmann in the nineteenth century. While these scholars recognize both the validity and the value of the historical-critical method, they regard it as an inadequate basis for theological interpretation. They attempt to connect the two by proposing that the Old Testament has a real history, which may be discovered to a great extent by historical inquiry, but which is given theological import through selective and specialized interpretation. This specialized exegesis centers upon a view of Old Testament history as Heilsgeschichte (an interpretation of history emphasizing God’s saving acts and viewing Jesus Christ as central in redemption Love words), in which the events have a typological significance that reveals Christ as the consummation of the entire Biblical message. This spiritual element is not present or is not easily elucidated for many portions of the Old Testament, so the interpreter must select those passages most easily conducive to pneumatic exegesis for special emphasis. Thus, Procksch’s method leads to the devaluation of some parts of the Old Testament and the enhancement of others by his varied and peculiar combinations of the historical-critical method and spiritual emphasis.”””]]]

    The Pauline precedent imposed a ירידות הדורות upon all generations of Goyim, swayed by this narishkeit nonsense which declares the Law of Moses as invalid and lacking spiritual authority over Goyim. William Tyndale, a famous Bibilical reformer, declared his understanding of Mosaic Law, the nature of man and Paul’s doctrine of sin and righteousness. Tyndale declared: “We are sinners not because we break the law; we break the law because we are sinners.” As the Xtian prejudice term “Old Testament” invalidates the authority of the T’NaCH, so too Paul’s doctrine of ‘Original sin’ by Adam, it invalidated the T’NaCH priority emphasis — to rule the oath sworn lands with justice.

    Making the guilt association of Sin the dominant theme of Xtian spirituality, resulted in oppression and anarchy which dominated barbaric European societies for kilo-years! The rule of law, or lack thereof; it imposes the stamp of Order and Society, contrasted by Feudalism and anarchy, upon all European Civilizations. A society whose courts of law define State corruption and misrule, like as expressed by the Cheney\Bush criminals who illegally invaded foreign countries and conducted torture of abducted and captured prisoners, exposes the US as a society suffering from an advanced state of social anarchy and decay. Advanced technology serves only as a concealment cover for this sorry state of internal domestic affairs. Wherein citizens, as a matter of routine, make mass murder of other US citizens without reason or cause.

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