European solidarity against the Asian threat.
At Amren of all places (emphasis added):
The British and French quickly learned their intelligence was faulty; the Chinese were much better prepared and positioned than expected.
The forts opened a murderous fire so accurate and deadly that French and English officers were convinced Europeans must be manning the guns. The H.M.S. Plover, Admiral Hope’s command gunboat, was so badly shot up that almost the entire crew was killed or wounded, and the admiral was seriously injured.
Commodore Tattnall observed all this. He was aware, of course, that his orders limited him to observation. However, according to one account, he was so sickened by the slaughter of his fellow Europeans that he exclaimed, “I’ll be damned if I’ll stand by and watch white men be murdered.” He bent American neutrality to the breaking point by sending his steam launch alongside the embattled Plover and offering to carry off the wounded. The offer was quickly and gratefully received, and Tattnall left a contingent of his men on board the Plover as he began ferrying casualties away from the scene.
When he returned to the Plover, he found that some of the Americans he had left behind were black with gunpowder. Tattnall took the scene in and asked, “What have you rascals been up to?” One replied, “Well, sir, after you left there was nothing much for us to do so we thought we would man the guns for a little bit.”
Apparently drawing inspiration from the rage that their commodore had expressed at seeing racial comrades severely used by the Chinese, the sailors expected–rightfully as it turned out–that Tattnall would not object to their taking over from the mauled British crew and firing on the Chinese…
…Nevertheless, watching British and French sailors and marines being cut down by the Chinese stirred him to forget old animosities and disregard his orders. Asked to explain himself, Tattnall famously stated “Blood is thicker than water.” The comment reflected the 19th century sense of racial solidarity, and electrified Europeans on both sides of the Atlantic.
White American Tattnall made common cause with British and French sailors against the Chinese inscrutables – something we need to actualize today as well.
All hail Tattnall! And to those who say “that was a long time ago,” how about those who bring up 19th century British “geostrategizing” as somehow relevant today? If that’s relevant (*) then Tattnall’s actions are also relevant.
*Of course, the old British “geostrategy” included the maintenance of their Empire. So, hey, if the British want to recolonize India and Hong Kong, more power to them. Show the dusky hordes how a country is really run.
I also note how the Silk Roaders claim that “there is no such thing as European solidarity” while at the same time considering Asians, and subsets of Asians (e.g., East Asians), as a cohesive whole. So, the Silkers want the atomized British, alone and separate from Europe, to engage in a special relationship with Asians. The Silk Road mantra: racial solidarity for me but not for thee. How about turning it around – Europe as a whole making an alliance with India alone or with Japan alone against the rest of Asia, or at least against China? Why not? Cue the long rambling potty-mouthed Silker posts sprinkled with “F-bombs” and personal insults.