Busy At Work On Animation Tools
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It's a Horsie animation contact sheet!
That should explain why I haven't been writing for the last week (since Monday June 1 I believe). I'll get back to that soon enough though I need to spend a bit of time coding and doing some artwork as well.
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My Thoughts On Meng Wanzhou And The Extradition Request
I have to admit that I was a bit upset about the judgement in the Meng Wanzhou case. I was really rooting for her seeing as when this all went down I did a lot of investigating into the charges and the laws involved, which were ultimately the result of U.S. Sanctions forbidding certain business transactions in Iran. Personally I believe this is just the efforts of the United States to weasel and bully its way out of its multi-trillion dollar debt to Chinese investors, and to gain a diplomatic bargaining chip. Ironically the United States has been guilty in the past of far worse crimes and in violation of their own sanctions. So I really see this whole thing as them taking advantage of an opportunity to cause damage to one of the biggest companies in China and to bring about bad publicity for their business sector.
Just keep in mind that about twenty two years ago, thanks to the Iran Contra Scandal, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North took the fall for the big American Commander In Chief at the time, Ronald Reagan when it was found out that the American Government had secretly facilitated the sale of arms to the Khomeini Government, including the sale of Stinger Surface-to-Air Missiles. The Stinger for those of you who don't know is a highly portable fire and forget missile system allowing infantry to take down multi-million dollar aircraft. It's very similar in design and profile to the M72A1 LAWs rocket (a portable anti-tank weapon). Despite this scandal, I have a lot of respect for both Oliver North (considering the immense pressure that was upon him) and Ronald Reagan, who with Mikhael Gorbachev safely guided the world through the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the USSR and the fall of the Berlin Wall all without resulting in a global nuclear war. Keep in mind that these players though are guilty of crimes very similar to those for which the United States are attempting to have Meng Wanzhou extradited.
The difference is that unlike Ronald Reagan, Meng Wanzhou doesn't have an Oliver North to take the fall for her. She is not however being charged with the illegal sale of weapons, but rather a form of bank fraud, arising from the trade sanctions imposed against Iran during the Obama Administration and most likely engineered purposely to prevent Russia or China from doing business with them in order to pressure Iran to back off on their uranium enrichment program. Uranium enrichment involves the processing of Uranium-238 into weapons grade Uranium-235 via the use of enormous centrifuges (similar to those used for medical purposes). None of Huawei's business dealings with Iran were related to their Uranium enrichment program by the way. In fact, the loophole is likely just that, a loophole that the United States is taking advantage of in order to cause immense damage to China's business sector and to crucify Meng Wanzhou because of her alleged ties to the ruling party in China.
That's not the real humdinger though if you're looking for shady business dealings that really impacted the world in a negative way, you only have to look as far as Operation Cyclone. Operation Cyclone actually created Al Quaeda, who had been the mujahideen (jihadists) fighting against the Soviet Occupation of Afghanistan from 1989 until 1992. This is where a young Arab Prince and rebel upstart named Osama Bin Laden got his start down the road to eventually becoming the world's most wanted man for being the mastermind behind the 911 attacks against the United States. Basically Operation Cyclone involved funding, training and weapons for the mujahideen in order for them to maintain their war against occupation by the Soviet Union.