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Neutrality is dead. In fact, there is substantial doubt that it ever existed.
Anyone, or any country, telling you that it is neutral is misleading you. Looking at history, all countries (mainly most of the founders of the non-alignment movement) that tried to convinced us that they were non-aligned, or neutral, revealed to be aligned with USSR/Russia. Individuals claiming to be political neutral will usually pick a team and play - and that team will usually have a political agenda (it's inevitable).
China is upset because Japan decided to acquire advanced military equipment. The Red Dragon accused Japan of military expansion. With all due respect, China is shameless. First, China has been (for quite some time) stepping up its military expansion; then it endeavours to occupy the Senkaku Islands - did it frankly expect Japan to just sit tight? No country would allow external forces to threaten its sovereignty and China is threatening the Japanese sovereignty.
To those who side with China on this matter, due to the role Japan played in the WWII, I'd like to point to one detail: the Japanese people and the Japanese Royal Family have heavily paid their dues and made amends. If the world pardoned Germany (who slaughtered millions of people in the most vicious and inhumane fashion) allowing it to build weapons and sell it to nations that sponsor terrorism against the West, why wouldn't we pardon Japan? Double-standards are despicable. This blog supports Japan and its initiative to take its islands back.
The Election Year of any country is a display of political childish behaviour: candidates make empty promises (and the people fall for them), they blatantly lie and dodge the real issues through distraction manoeuvres. In the Indian case, the manoeuvre is the Devyani Khobragade issue. Shock and awe aside, the fact remains: Ms Khobragade misled the government of the United States of America by stating that her maid would earn a certain amount per month, while working in the US; once there, she changed her maid's salary to match the Indian wages, in violation of US laws.
No diplomat, regardless of its nationality, can be allowed to "lie" to the US government, take employees to America and exploit them with impunity.
If you do not view homosexuality with good eyes, you lost the right to express it. The LGBT Movement wants to force everybody to support their cause and if you don't they will find ways for you to lose your job. The LGBT Movement seeks more rights for gays (and derivatives) while suppressing the rights of heterosexuals.
This Gay Movement also seeks to force every homosexual to expose his/her sexual life, because if they don't then they are not real gays. If Broadcast TV Networks transmit series exploring "sexually undefined" characters, they are personally offending the Movement for no decent gay ever sleeps with heterosexuals.
The LGBT Movement is always trying to hijack the black civil rights movement and expressing their horror at racism in America; when in fact the LGBT Movement is the most racist, anti-Semitic, movement of them all. It's them and the Neo-Feminists: a small bunch of racists who probably receive financial support from countries that murder gays and violate women's rights everyday.
Spain rolled back its Abortion Laws: women will only be allowed to have an abortion when raped or when their health (physical or psychological) is in danger. This is a major victory for Conservatives. Only socialists would pass laws liberalising abortion in times when Europe is aging for lack of babies (thus opening the doors to several kinds of national security issues).
Speaking of rolling back laws: India and Australia went back on their decision regarding homosexual relationships and same-sex marriages. Imagine if other countries decide to follow suit.
What do these three examples teach us? They teach us the impermanence of political affairs. No Movement should not take their "victories" for granted.
The year is ending and the air of change is beginning to blow.
2014 should be replenished with interesting political events.