Do We Threaten the World?

Most people are aware that the relationship between the United States and Russia has deteriorated. In the United States, there is constant propaganda centered on the idea that the Ruskies are out there attempting to harm American interests at every turn. ISIS, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, al-Shabab, Hezbollah, Libya, Syria, North Korea, and Iran are just the interim enemies until the United States gets the courage to force Russia into compliance. Once that occurs, the United States will have control of the world. In fact, Russian officials appear to be so frightened by the United States’ anti-ballistic missile system in Europe that they have raised concerns of a first nuclear strike by the American military and the disabling of the Russian defense system.

Although this may seem like hysteria to many Americans because of what they hear in the media, this is a dangerous thing. When other countries feel threatened by our government, Americans, in reality, are less safe because those countries ramp up their military activities and anti-American rhetoric. Take North Korea for example. We constantly perform military exercises in South Korea, sometimes simulating the invasion of the northern half of the peninsula. How do you think Kim Jong-un takes this? If Russia executed military drills across the Rio Grande in Mexico, would not the United States feel threatened? So, why then, is it acceptable for us to do it to another country? Do we as Americans accept this because our government officials and the media tell us to, or do we really think hypocrisy and arrogance are tolerable?

When a country like North Korea stands up to the United States, it is hit with economic sanctions, covert operations against it, or worse, invasion. The United States has departed from the concept of leading by example that our founding fathers envisioned. This is imperialism and bullying. With the countless number of times that the United States government has meddled in the internal affairs of weaker nations and overthrown foreign governments, we still had the audacity to complain when there were accusations of Russian intervention in the American election of 2016. Now, the hypocrites in Washington, D.C. are leading us towards conflict with North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, China, and Russia. We have military bases in roughly two-thirds of the world’s countries, and we are constantly in a state of war. Why? Perhaps we are trying to feed the coffers of the powerful military-industrial corporations in a corrupt system that we call a republican form of government (or more generally, if you prefer, a democracy) and a capitalist economic system (more like corporatism and fascism).

As we continue performing military exercises on Russia’s borders and expanding NATO ever-eastward, let us ponder on the consequences of our actions. Perhaps talk of nuclear war is not enough to get Americans to consider alternative views because most Americans probably believe that this option would never come to pass. Instead, let us contemplate on ways to make Americans safer and let diplomacy guide the interactions between nations. It may seem like a fantasy, but we must ask ourselves: is what we are doing working? Do we have fewer enemies now than in the past? Are we not still fearing the next terrorist attack on American soil? Perhaps it is time to heed the warnings of the terrorists who want to attack us and leave their countries alone. It is a simple task that could ultimately lead to the saving of a number of American lives (not to mention civilians in the countries we involve ourselves in).

As the holiday season is upon us and people are trying to be more joyous, I will leave you with a positive news item. The CIA shared intelligence with the Russian government that allowed the latter to foil a radical Islam-inspired terrorist attack against St. Petersburg, and as a result, President Putin assured President Trump that Russian intelligence would do the same to help prevent an attack against Americans. This sort of cooperation is a wonderful gift exchange that will hopefully continue into the new year. Good things can come when we open our minds to diplomacy. My Christmas wish is that my government will stop intervening in places it does not belong and work to normalize relations with all nations. Although this view is erroneously perceived as isolationism, I believe Thomas Jefferson said it best, “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances [and intervention] with none”.

Thank you for reading, and if you were interested in what I had to say, please check out my other blogs and my book, The Global Bully, here. Have a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Holidays!
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Published on December 19, 2017 04:03
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