|Chinese on the Nose!|
Well, it seems not all irresponsible yahoos are Americans. The Americans have
been quietly flying up and down the Chinese coast line, minding their own
business. 'Don't worry about us guys. Just making recordings of the
environment. Ocean waves, bird calls, whale songs, that kind of thing.' And of course
they were in International waters. Right. I'll just stand outside your house
with the parabolic mike and the infra-red video recorder, while you sit on the
couch and record whether you dress to the left or the right. Beats watching cable.
So rising to the bait, those naughty little Chinese fighter pilots have been
buzzing the US spy planes. One of them held up a sign with his hotmail address
written on it in an apparent bid to make contact with the evil western
imperialists so he could point out the error their ways, and let them know how
wrong they were in defending themselves from the liberating and democratic forces
of the compassionate People's Paradise Utopian Chinese Republic. Or maybe he just
thought they were Falun Gong supporters.
It also gave him an opportunity to demonstrate how skillfully he could control his
jet fighter, wallowing at the slow speed of the propeller plane. Then he got
too close, and before you could say 'sucked in!', his plane got chopped in
half by a propeller and he was flying vertically.
So were the Americans, but they managed to get righted and, deciding it was any
port in a storm, turned up as uninvited guests at Hainan Airport. It was a bit
of a sweet and sour serving for the Chinese. They had a bit of a credibility
problem claiming it was the Americans' fault, but they got a whole plane-load
of spying equipment for nothing.
The Chinese yahoo wasn't found, but the worst that happened to the
Americans was having to put up with Chinese food for two whole weeks.