Communism in Asia Communism in Asia The specter of Communism has cast its shadow long and wide on Asia since the end of World War Two. In the wake of USSR's Comintern's evangelistic overtures, and China's embrace of Maoism, the world was primed for a global face-off with two masterful chess players, the Soviet Union and the United States of America, on the political chessboard with the Asian nations as the pawns. Exacerbated by the Truman Doctrine, Domino Theory, and escalated to a head by the Cuban missile crisis, Asia was deemed by the United States as the stage where the deciding battles would be fought. The final tally stands thus: North Korea, the People's Republic of China, Vietnam are Communist to all intents and purposes. Southern Philippines has its communist insurgency to contend with, there are pockets of Maoists fighting the state governments in the border regions of India, Nepal, and Bhutan. Peninsular Malaya had its battle with Communists fighting tooth and nail with the British colonial government prior to its independence. In the latter case, it was only through a brilliant decision of the British to go for the hearts and minds of the people that curtailed the rise and saw the demise of the Communist threat. Even Singapore and Indonesia had its brush with Communist elements, with Indonesia becoming Sino-phobic at one stage. Fast forward fifty years. Now, the world is a calmer place, notwithstanding the presence of a few lunatics and death-defying terrorists. The superpowers are no longer at each other's throats so readily now, and the world is no longer on tenterhooks. To all pretenses, the political and socio-economic surface of the global community appears calm and serene. In Asia, where the canvas has been splattered with the bloodstained fights of Communism and Democracy, save for North Korea and the insurgents of all shades and guises, there is relative peace. Even China has made peace with capitalism and a free market economy. Likewise, Vietnam has taken a similar approach. Both nations have embarked on a mission of rapprochement and appeasement for the most part, even gaining credibility and respect within their regional alliances and trade partners.This is a good development, and one that only the most optimistic Democrat some fifty years ago could have dreamt of. How does this bode for the next fifty years, and what sort of prognosis should one make? Barring rogue states with dirty bombs, perhaps the view to adopt is that the only fear there is, is fear itself.